History of California Trivia Questions & Answers

1.In what year was California admitted to the United States of America?

2.One popular theory about the origin of the name "California" is that it was taken from a popular 16th-century romance novel. In the novel, to what was the name applied?

3.The first European to explore the California coast was of what nationality?

4.During the Spanish colonial period, California was divided into two parts as provinces of "New Spain" - Baja California, or lower California, and a second part named what? [A--- C---------]

5.Where were the first mission and the first presidio (fort) established in California?

6.The California gold rush began when gold was found where?

7.Many gold-seekers arriving in California during the gold rush period were called "forty-niners", a reference to what?

8.To what mission do large flocks of American Cliff Swallows famously return to nest every spring?

9.When John Sutter established Sutter's Fort, what did he call the place? [N-- H-------}

10.The primary legacy of the brief period of revolt against Mexico known as the California Republic is the adoption of its flag as the basis for the modern state flag. What species is depicted on the flag of California?

11.A 1906 earthquake in what city was the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California history?

12.The first transcontinental railroad in the US joined the Union Pacific railroad, which was building westward from Omaha, to what railroad building eastward from San Francisco? [C------ P------}

13.Railroad tycoon and politician Amasa Leland Stanford founded Stanford University with his wife Jane for what reason?

14.What California city has hosted the Summer Olympics twice, in 1932 and 1984?

15.What Southern California tourist attraction opened to the public on July 18, 1955?

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