California is the Golden State and was first colonized by the Spanish Empire in 1769. Its motto is Eureka which means something like "I found it".
Missionaries founded about 20 missions along the coast which later became settlements and presidios for settlers and are today cities like San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco or Ventura.
California used to belong to Mexico, then gained Independence and was the Republic of California. Later on after some wars California became a State of the United States.
In the 1840s after people had discovered huge gold reserves in northern California people started rushing to the State to find gold and make a fortune! That was the time when going West was very fashionable and people went on many adventures through the country meeting the unknown.
Meeting the uknown... that's were I find myself right now... going on adventures, seeing new things, exploring...