A history of Santa Barbara

ByTommie C. Curtis

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The Old Mission Santa Barbara was launched by Spanish Franciscans in 1786, and it’s just one particular of the picturesque sights that help put Santa Barbara on the map.

The bells have been ringing at the mission for much more than two centuries. But the initial citizens of this area date again 1000’s of many years, to the Chumash people.

The town was named by the Spanish explorer, Sebastián Vizcaino, in 1602 for Saint Barbara, the 3rd-century Christian martyr. When Spanish settlers arrived in the 18th century, they developed (alongside with the Chumash) “El Presidio,” a fort to shield the California coastline from international invasion. The nearby mission was crafted shortly soon after, placing a Spanish architectural design and style that endures to this working day.

Aged Mission Santa Barbara.

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When an earthquake nearly ruined the mission, and a lot of the metropolis, in 1925, nearby visionaries insured that Santa Barbara would rebuild and rebound in the exact same design and style.

And did it at any time.

The oceanfront jewel, two hours from Los Angeles, turned acknowledged as “Hollywood to the North.” Silent film pioneer Charlie Chaplin built California’s first important film studio right here, Traveling “A” Studios, generating hundreds of videos. 

In the coming years, this the moment-sleepy seaside city turned a area the place people today from all over would escape for enjoyment in the sun. Chef Julia Little one spent equally her childhood and retirement on these shorelines.

Right now, with its outdoor life-style, refreshing seafood, and wonderful houses, Santa Barbara is the epitome of the California desire, a town dubbed the “American Riviera.”

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Story generated by Jon Carras. Editor: George Pozderec.