San Francisco History: Who “Discovered” San Francisco Bay?
November 12th, 2012
San Francisco Bay was discovered in 1769 when an expedition to Monterey Bay led by Gaspar de Portola, the Spanish appointed governor of California overshot its destination. On November 3rd, a scouting party lead by Sergeant Jose Ortega spotted a large estuary to the north. Ortega is credited with the discovery of San Francisco Bay. Upon realizing that they had gone too far, the party was disappointed and Portola led them back to the South.
Jim was born in Oakland and with the exception of his 7 years in the Air Force, has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area his entire life. He is an avid fan of San Francisco and its surrounds and enjoys the beauty, culture and diversity it affords. He enjoys being able to take day trips to the ocean, the desert or to some of the highest peaks on the continent. He likes having the ability to travel from a metropolis with millions of people to a quiet spot with only nature around him within a few hours of driving time.