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Ensenada History, Mexico

The city of Ensenada today is part of Baja California and is amongst few very famous cities of this planet due to its location. The city of Ensenada is located on the longest peninsula of this planet. Along with the rich natural surroundings, the city of Ensenada has some rich historical background too.

After huge research, the archeologists, who have been working on various historical remains, have confirmed that the first human presence on this land was somewhere in the year of 8000 B.C. There are number of caves in and around the city of Ensenada which have plenty of paintings that reflect the presence of humans in the years during historical years. These paintings reveal that the city of Ensenada had human settlers many thousand years back too.

In modern days, the very famous and beautiful bay, which was the entry point to the city of Ensenada, was discovered by a Portuguese explorer who had visited the city somewhere in the year of 1542.  He called this awesome bay San Mateo. It was that same Portuguese explorer who changed the name of this land to Ensenada de Todos los Santos (which means the entry point for every saint) by the year 1602. This Portuguese explorer had reached this place on 1 November, which was considered as all saints day. This festival was the national festival for this land and for the explorer thus this was one reason why he tagged the land with the new name. Another reason for changing the name of the land was its geographical location.

The efforts of the Spanish Army to gain control of the land continued for many years to come. The city of Ensenada had huge influence of Dominican and Jesuit order. It was during these days that many missions were started in and around the city of Ensenada with the sole purpose of bringing full control for the Spanish rulers.

It was the late 18th century when the city of Ensenada experienced exponential jump in its economy due to the discovery of gold in the city. Later on, it was the early years of 19th century when the economy of Ensenada started to fall as by now all the gold present in the city had been extracted.

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