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Facts About California

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We all know California is the land of movie stars and great weather, but what else do you know about California?

Facts About California:

State abbreviation – CA

State Capitol – Sacramento

State Flower – Poppy

State Motto – The Golden State

State Bird – California Quail

Statehood – September 9, 1850

Population – 38.8 million

Fun Facts:

Early Spanish explorers believed that the present-day California was an island ruled by Amazon women and they named it California. Why would they think this? The setting for a popular Spanish novel, Las Sergas de Esplandián, written by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo was mythical island paradise called California, inhabited only by beautiful Amazon warriors using gold tools and weapons and ruled by Queen Calafia.

More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States

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If California were a country, it would be the sixth-largest economy in the world.

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The world’s first McDonald’s restaurant opened in San Bernardino, California.

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San Francisco Bay is the world’s largest landlocked harbor.

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The highest point in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney and the lowest point in the North American Continent, Badwater Basin in Death Valley,  are in California. They are less than 100 miles apart!

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