seaport on the coast of central Calif., separated from Oakland by an inlet (San Francisco Bay) of the Pacific
Origin of San FranciscoSp, name of old mission there, after Saint Francis of Assisi
A city of northern California on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It was founded as Yerba Buena in 1835 near the site of a Spanish presidio and mission built in 1776. The city grew into a major port during the gold rush of 1848, and survived a devastating earthquake and fire in 1906. Today it is the center of a large metropolitan area around San Francisco Bay.
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