San Mateo County, California History
In the following brief historical sketch are shown only the
main phases of San Mateo County's growth, as it would be
impossible to portray in detail all the events of historical
importance which have occurred in the county during the last
one hundred and forty years; since the white man first set
foot upon peninsular soil.
First were the Indians already in loose and scattered
possession of the soil ; then the Spanish explorers,
followed by the Jesuit and Franciscan fathers. Next came the
great land grants or ranchos with titles from the Spanish
crown itself. These in turn were divided into lesser estates
consisting, nevertheless, of thousands of acres apportioned
among various rich men with their stately country seats. The
last stage of development of the county is now at hand, that
in which the land is divided into its final segments
consisting of smaller country estates and lots of the
suburban home dweller.
History of San Mateo County,
from the earliest times with a description of its resources and
advantages: and the biographies of its representative men.
Compiled and written by Philip W. Alexander and Charles Hamm, 1916
Copyright 2002- by
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