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The area the makes up today's San Diego, California, has long been inhabited by the Kumeyaay people. The first European to visit the region was Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. Sailing under the flag of Spain, in 1542, Cabrillo named the area San Miguel. The San Diego Bay and the area of present-day San Diego were given their current names by Sebastian Vizcaino when he was mapping the coastline of Alta California for Spain in 1602. The explorers camped near a Native American village called Nipaguay and celebrated Mass in honor of San Diego de Alcala (Saint Didacus of Alcalá). California was then part of the colony of New Spain.
In 1769, Gaspar de Portolá and his expedition founded the Presidio del San Diego military post, and on July 16, Franciscan friars Junípero Serra, Juan Viscaino and Fernando Parron raised and blessed a cross, establishing the first mission in Upper California, Mission San Diego de Alcala. Colonists began arriving in 1774; the following year, the native people rebelled, killing the priest and two others and burning the mission. Father Serra organized the rebuilding and two years later a fire-proof adobe structure was built. By 1797 the mission had become the largest in California, with over 1,400 natives embracing it.
Baja (Lower) California became part of the United States in 1850 following the Mexican defeat in the Mexican-American War. The village was designated the seat of the newly-established San Diego County and incorporated as a city.
Significant U.S. Naval presence began in 1907 with the establishment of the Navy Coaling Station. Since World War II, the military has played a leading role in the local economy. However, following the end of the Cold War the military presence has diminished considerably.
San Diego has since become a center of the emerging biotech industry and is home to telecommunications giant Qualcomm. Fueled by research done at San Diego's world class universities and institutes, and supported by a business-friendly public sector, the San Diego region is now recognized as a hotbed for emerging companies. San Diego's biotechnology community is the third largest in the country and its communications industry is one of the fastest growing in the country, earning the title of wireless communications capital of the world.
It's not surprising, then, that homes in and around San Diego are highly prized and sell quick. Some of the area's finest estates, frontage properties, retirement and other special feature homes - in a variety of attractive sizes and styles - are likely available at the right price right now.
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