A Piece of U.S. History: Orange County, CA

Orange County, California is deeply rooted in history. It is fascinating to learn about how Orange County grew from a few hundred to the millions of people that are living there today.

History

Early Days

The Gabrielios, a Native American tribe, was Orange County’s first known inhabitant and were given this name by the Spaniards. From there Juan Pablo Grijalva was the first landholder. He was a Spanish soldier who arrived in California from early expeditions out of Mexico. In 1801 the Spanish colonial government gave him permission to build a ranch. His ranch continued growing until his family holdings extended from Riverside to the ocean.

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