Santa Barbara State Historic Park highlights the birthplace of the city, where in 1782 a Spanish fort known as the Presidio was erected.
Santa Barbara Presidio and the Spanish Presence in California
When the Spanish came to the California coast, they established forts and missions. There were five original forts or presidios running from south to north. They are found in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Francisco and Sonoma. There are also