Point Reyes
Point Reyes is located about 64 kilometers from San Francisco. Today the Point Reyes National Seashore is 71,028 acres. The original inhabitants of Point Reyes were the Coast Miwok First Nations who were uprooted and relocated to “missions” around the area in the late 1700s and early 1800s -- after settlements were established.1
In 1579, Sir Francis Drake was noted as the first European explorer to land here. However it was in the early 1800s, that Mexicans established cattle ranches at Point Reyes. These establishments encouraged a further wave of other agricultural operations.2 This area is also known for its rocky shores that caused many shipwrecks such as the Labouchere which, according to Kennedy, was lost at Point Reyes as it was on its way to San Francisco from Victoria.3
Due to all the shipwrecks at Point Reyes, the United States Government established lighthouses and lifesaving stations in the late 1800s to early 1900s. This area became an official part of the United States in 1850 once California was incorporated as a formal state.4
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Kennedy, Arthur

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Labouchere, 1858

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California

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The Colonial Despatches Team. Point Reyes. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/point_reyes.html.

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