California’s Geographic Extremes

California is the third largest of the fifty states; only Alaska and Texas are larger.  Its  boundaries contain 158,693 square miles and its odd shape permits its northern port city of Eureka to be the most westward city in the continental United States, Continue reading California’s Geographic Extremes

California’s Original Mexican Border

During the 300-plus years Spain claimed ownership of California by right of conquest, Spain’s official religion took a part in setting the state’s first southern boundary.  Imperial Spain’s Nueva Espana (New Spain) was far-flung:  it included the Caribbean, Mexico, and parts of Continue reading California’s Original Mexican Border