- from Spanish Exploration and Colonization
750L - 890L
In the 1500s, the Spanish explored California looking for treasure and safe harbors. But they decided that the new land didn’t offer the riches that legends had promised.
The Spanish gave up on exploring Alta California in 1606. More than 150 years later, they decided to start exploring again. This time, they sent people to colonize, or settle, in Alta California.