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Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268807

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268807.001.0001

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The City’s Growth

The City’s Growth

(p.96) The City’s Growth
San Francisco in the 1930s

David Kipen

University of California Press

Yerba Buena was in 1835 an insignificant outpost long frequented by roving seafarers, Russians, and a few nondescript traders. However, for four redwood posts covered with a ship's foresail which William Antonio Richardson erected on “La Calle” in 1835, San Francisco's original site was little more than a waste of sand and chaparral sloping down to a beach and a small lagoon. Democratic self-government, of the bureaucratic sort decreed by the Republic of Mexico, came to Yerba Buena before the town itself arrived. Citizens of the partido (civil district) of San Francisco, on Governor Jose Figueroa's orders were asked to choose electors for the ayuntamiento (district council). On the following Sunday, Don Francisco de Haro was elected to the ayuntamiento as alcalde for the projected pueblo of Yerba Buena.

Keywords:   Yerba Buena, William Antonio Richardson, La Calle, San Francisco, Mexico, Jose Figueroa, Francisco de Haro

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