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  • San Fernando de Apure (Venezuela)

    San Fernando de Apure, city, capital of Apure estado (state), west-central Venezuela. It is located on the Apure River. San Fernando de Apure was founded in the late 18th century by Capuchin missionaries as a base for the religious conversion of surrounding Native American groups. A Llanos (plains)

  • San Fernando de la Carolina (Puerto Rico)

    Carolina, town, northeastern Puerto Rico. Part of metropolitan San Juan, it is located about 12 miles (19 km) east of the capital, on the banks of the Loíza River just above its marshy lowlands near the coast. The town was in 1816 constituted a pueblo, named Trujillo Bajo. In 1857 the barrios

  • San Fernando de Monte Cristi (Dominican Republic)

    Monte Cristi, city, northwestern Dominican Republic, in the coastal lowlands near the mouth of the Yaque del Norte River. Founded in 1506, Monte Cristi was destroyed in 1606 for trading illegally with pirates; it was not reconstructed until 1756. It is now an important commercial and transportation

  • San Fernando del Río Negro (Argentina)

    Resistencia, city, capital of Chaco provincia (province), northeastern Argentina. It is located on a stream that flows into the Paraná River at the river port of Barranqueras, 4 miles (6 km) southeast. Originally founded in the mid-18th century as San Fernando del Río Negro (a Jesuit reducción

  • San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca (Argentina)

    Catamarca, city, capital of Catamarca provincia (province), northwestern Argentina. It is located on the Río del Valle de Catamarca, a river between the two south-pointing spurs of the Andean peaks of Ambato and Ancasti. Originally named Londres, it was founded by the explorer Juan Pérez de Zurita

  • San Fernando Valley (valley, California, United States)

    San Fernando Valley, valley in southern California, U.S. It lies northwest of downtown Los Angeles, bounded by the San Gabriel (north and northeast), Santa Susana (north), and Santa Monica (south) mountains and the Simi Hills (west). The valley, originally an agricultural area, occupies 260 square

  • San Francesco (monastery and church, Assisi, Italy)

    San Francesco, Franciscan monastery and church in Assisi, Italy, begun after the canonization in 1228 of St. Francis of Assisi and completed in 1253. The crypt was added in 1818, when the tomb of St. Francis was opened. The lower church is where the saint is buried, and it has frescoes by Giunta

  • San Francesco (church, Ravenna, Italy)

    Ravenna: The Church of St. Francis (San Francesco) has a small annex containing the tomb of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. The Church of St. John the Evangelist (San Giovanni Evangelista) was almost totally destroyed in World War II and has since been heavily restored. The oldest…

  • San Francesco di Paola (church, Naples, Italy)

    Naples: The Castel Nuovo: …del Plebiscito, the basilica of San Francesco di Paola, which—erected in royal thanksgiving for the restoration of Bourbon rule (1815)—is modeled on the Pantheon of Rome. The palace, created by Domenico Fontana early in the 17th century, now houses government offices and a notable picture gallery. Above San Francesco di…

  • San Francisco (Argentina)

    San Francisco, city, northeastern Córdoba provincia (province), north-central Argentina, on the border of Santa Fé province at the northern edge of the Pampa. Founded in 1886 and given city status in 1915, it has been a railroad centre since the 19th century and is a commercial and manufacturing

  • San Francisco (film by Van Dyke [1936])

    San Francisco, American dramatic film, released in 1936, that recounted the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. It is noted for the performances of its cast and for what were, for its time, stunning special effects. The setting is San Francisco’s bawdy Barbary Coast in the days before the earthquake.

  • San Francisco (California, United States)

    San Francisco, city and port, coextensive with San Francisco county, northern California, U.S., located on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It is a cultural and financial centre of the western United States and one of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities. Area 46

  • San Francisco 49ers (American football team)

    San Francisco 49ers, American professional gridiron football team based in Santa Clara, California, that plays in the National Football League (NFL). The 49ers have won five Super Bowl titles (1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, and 1995) and seven National Football Conference (NFC) championships. The San

  • San Francisco Art Institute (institute, San Francisco, California, United States)

    Ansel Adams: Maturity: …of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) the first academic department to teach photography as a profession. He also revived the idea of the original (chemical) photographic print as an artifact, something that might be sold as an art object. His Portfolio I of 1948 offered 12 original…

  • San Francisco Ballet (American ballet company)

    Lew Christensen: …choreographer whose work with the San Francisco Ballet Company helped establish ballet in the western United States.

  • San Francisco Bay (bay, California, United States)

    San Francisco Bay, large, nearly landlocked bay indenting western California, U.S. It is a drowned river valley paralleling the coastline and is connected with the Pacific Ocean by a strait called the Golden Gate, which is spanned by the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco Bay is 60 miles (97 km)

  • San Francisco Bay Area (metropolitan region, California, United States)

    California: Population composition: The San Francisco Bay Area became a haven for gay men and lesbians in the years following World War II and was among the first U.S. cities to issue antidiscrimination ordinances on the basis of sexual preference. Los Angeles and other California cities also have significant…

  • San Francisco Chronicle (American newspaper)

    Chris Matthews: …for two years for the San Francisco Chronicle. In 1997 Matthews began hosting his own talk show, Hardball, in which he interviewed public officials and political pundits. During the course of the show, Matthews routinely played “hardball” with his guests by entering into debate or pursuing a hard line of…

  • San Francisco Conference (international politics [1945])

    San Francisco Conference, international meeting (April 25–June 26, 1945) that established the United Nations. The basic principles of a worldwide organization that would embrace the political objectives of the Allies had been proposed at the Dumbarton Oaks Conference in 1944 and reaffirmed at the

  • San Francisco de la Selva de Copiapó (Chile)

    Copiapó, city, northern Chile. At 35 miles (56 km) inland from the Pacific coast in the fertile Copiapó River valley, this irrigated oasis (usually regarded as the southern limit of the Atacama Desert) in an extremely arid territory has been farmed since the pre-Inca period. The community was

  • San Francisco de Macorís (Dominican Republic)

    San Francisco de Macorís, city, north-central Dominican Republic, on a tributary of the Camú River. Founded in 1777, it is situated in the fertile La Vega Real region. The city is a commercial and processing centre for the cacao, coffee, fruits, rice, beeswax, and hides produced in the hinterland.

  • San Francisco de Quito, Villa de (national capital, Ecuador)

    Quito, city and capital of Ecuador. It is situated on the lower slopes of the volcano Pichincha, which last erupted in 1666, in a narrow Andean valley at an elevation of 9,350 feet (2,850 metres), just south of the Equator. The oldest of all South American capitals, Quito is notable for its

  • San Francisco del Rincón (Mexico)

    San Francisco del Rincón, city, western Guanajuato estado (state), north-central Mexico. It lies in the valley of the upper Turbio River, an extension of the agricultural district known as the Bajío, at an elevation of 5,781 feet (1,762 metres). Although primarily an agricultural centre trading in

  • San Francisco earthquake of 1906 (United States)

    San Francisco earthquake of 1906, major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 that occurred on April 18, 1906, at 5:12 am off the northern California coast. The San Andreas Fault slipped along a segment about 270 miles (430 km) long, extending from San Juan Bautista in San Benito county to Humboldt

  • San Francisco earthquake of 1989 (United States)

    San Francisco earthquake of 1989, major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S., on October 17, 1989, and caused 63 deaths, nearly 3,800 injuries, and an estimated $6 billion in property damage. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the area since the San Francisco

  • San Francisco Examiner (American newspaper)

    Ambrose Bierce: …staff of William Randolph Hearst’s San Francisco Examiner, for which he wrote the “Prattler” column. In 1896 Bierce moved to Washington, D.C., where he continued newspaper and magazine writing. In 1913, tired of American life, he went to Mexico, then in the middle of a revolution led by Pancho Villa.…

  • San Francisco Giants (American baseball team)

    San Francisco Giants, American professional baseball team based in San Francisco. The Giants have won eight World Series titles and 23 National League (NL) pennants. The franchise that would become the Giants was established in 1883 in New York City and was initially known as the Gothams. In 1885

  • San Francisco Gotera (El Salvador)

    San Francisco Gotera, city, eastern El Salvador, on the Río Grande de San Miguel. Formerly called Gotera, its name was modified in 1887 to honour Francisco Morazán, the former president of the United Provinces of Central America. It is an agricultural and livestock-trading centre. Gold and silver

  • San Francisco International Airport (airport, San Francisco, California, United States)

    San Francisco: Transportation: San Francisco International Airport is located about 7 miles (11 km) south of the city-county limits, occupying a filled site on the southwestern shore of the bay.

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (museum, San Francisco, California, United States)

    California: Cultural institutions: …in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1935). The Music Center of Los Angeles County is a concert and theatre complex that was constructed during the 1960s by private contributions. Tax-supported state institutions, most prominently the University of California and its extension program, are active in…

  • San Francisco Opera (American opera company)

    Kurt Herbert Adler: …and administrator who transformed the San Francisco Opera into one of the nation’s leading opera companies.

  • San Francisco Peaks (mountains, Arizona, United States)

    San Francisco Peaks, three summits— Humphreys, Agassiz, and Fremont peaks—on the rim of an eroded extinct volcano 10 miles (16 km) north of Flagstaff on the Colorado Plateau in north-central Arizona, U.S. Humphreys Peak (12,633 feet [3,851 metres]) is the state’s highest point, and from it places

  • San Francisco State University (university, San Francisco, California, United States)

    San Francisco: Education: …academy established in 1855, and San Francisco State University, which was founded as a normal school in 1899, became a four-year college in 1935, and achieved university status in 1972. Other institutions include Golden Gate University (1853), the City College of San Francisco (1935; a two-year public college), and the…

  • San Francisco Symphony

    San Francisco: Arts: The San Francisco Symphony performs in the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall and gives pop concerts in the summer. The San Francisco Opera stages an early season to allow its leading singers to fulfill their commitments at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. With the exception of…

  • San Francisco Vigilance Command (police organization, San Francisco, California, United States)

    LaFayette Curry Baker: In 1856 he joined the San Francisco Vigilance Command (known as the Vigilantes), a group of self-appointed police whose operations were characterized by arbitrariness and lack of due process. In the next four years he was often employed in an undercover capacity and became adept at techniques of deception and…

  • San Francisco, Cathedral of (cathedral, Quito, Ecuador)

    Latin American architecture: Renaissance and Mannerist architecture in the New World: The Cathedral of San Francisco in Quito (Ecuador) was founded in 1535 by the Flemish Franciscan priest Jodoco Ricke de Marselaer and demonstrates Serlio’s influence through a series of banded columns applied to the facade, while the entrance plaza includes a circular double stair that replicates…

  • San Francisco, Church of (church, Tlaxcala, Mexico)

    Tlaxcala: …the first Christian church (San Francisco) in the Americas. It was near Tlaxcala that Cortés built the brigantines that he transported in pieces to the Lake of Mexico for his final onslaught on the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City).

  • San Francisco, University of (university, San Francisco, California, United States)

    University of San Francisco, private coeducational institution of higher learning, located near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, U.S., and affiliated with the Jesuit order of the Roman Catholic Church. It offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. The university

  • San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (bridge, California, United States)

    Bay Bridge, complex crossing that spans San Francisco Bay from the city of San Francisco to Oakland via Yerba Buena Island. One of the preeminent engineering feats of the 20th century, it was built during the 1930s under the direction of C.H. Purcell. The double-deck crossing extends 8 miles (13

  • San Fructuoso (Uruguay)

    Tacuarembó, city, north-central Uruguay. The Haedo Mountains dominate the adjoining area. Orchids and hardwoods, including quebracho, algarrobo, urunday, and guayabo, grow there. Founded in 1831 by Bernabé Rivera, it was first called Villa de San Fructuoso; later, it adopted the Guaraní Indian name

  • San Gabriel (California, United States)

    San Gabriel, city, Los Angeles county, southern California, U.S. It lies in the San Gabriel Valley, east of downtown Los Angeles. Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, founded in 1771 by Father Junípero Serra and the fourth in the California chain of 21 missions, was moved 4.5 miles (7 km) to its present

  • San Gabriel Mountains (mountains, United States)

    San Gabriel Mountains, segment of the Coast Ranges (see Pacific mountain system), southern California, U.S. The mountains extend eastward for about 60 miles (100 km) from Newhall Pass, north of San Fernando, to Cajon Pass and define the northern extent of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The

  • San Gabrielino (people)

    Gabrielino, any of two, or possibly three, dialectally and culturally related North American Indian groups who spoke a language of Uto-Aztecan stock and lived in the lowlands, along the seacoast, and on islands in southern California at the time of Spanish colonization. The Gabrielino proper

  • San Gallo (canton, Switzerland)

    Sankt Gallen, canton, northeastern Switzerland, bounded north by Lake Constance (Bodensee); east by the Rhine Valley, which separates it from the Austrian Vorarlberg Bundesland (federal state) and from Liechtenstein; south by the cantons of Graubünden, Glarus, and Schwyz; west by the canton of

  • San Germán (Puerto Rico)

    San Germán, town, western Puerto Rico, in the semiarid foothills of the Cordillera Central. The original San Germán, founded in 1511 on the western coast, was pillaged by French corsairs in 1528, 1538, and 1554, and in 1570 the residents moved to the hills. There they established Nueva Villa de

  • San Germano (Italy)

    Cassino, town, Lazio (Latium) regione, central Italy. Cassino lies along the Rapido River at the foot of Monte (mount) Cassino, 87 miles (140 km) southeast of Rome. It originated as Casinum, a town of the ancient Volsci people on a site adjacent to the modern town, on the lower slopes of the

  • San Germano, Treaty of (1230)

    Austria: Later Babenberg period: …imperial politics, bringing about the Treaty of San Germano between the Holy Roman emperor Frederick II and Pope Gregory IX (1230). He met his death in San Germano (now Cassino, Italy), and his body was transported to Lilienfeld for burial.

  • San Geronimo (Indian village, New Mexico, United States)

    Taos: …pueblo of San Geronimo (Taos Pueblo), and the Ranchos de Taos; Taos Pueblo’s adobe settlement was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1992. With its picturesque adobe architecture, Taos was given impetus as a resort colony for writers and painters by Mabel Dodge Luhan, a wealthy patron…

  • San Gimignano (Italy)

    San Gimignano, town, west-central Toscana (Tuscany) regione (region), central Italy. It lies about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Siena. Originally called “City of Silva,” it later took its name from the Bishop of Modena (d. 397), who liberated the town from a barbarian invasion. An independent

  • San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, School of (building, Venice, Italy)

    Venice: Trade guild buildings: The School of San Giorgio degli Schiavoni (for Slavic merchants) has the finest collection of Vittore Carpaccio’s works outside Venice’s chief gallery, the Academy of Fine Arts, whose own collection came in part from a confraternity of flagellants, the school of San Giovanni Evangelista (founded 1261).

  • San Giorgio Maggiore (church, Venice, Italy)

    San Giorgio Maggiore, architecturally influential church in Venice, designed in 1566 by Andrea Palladio and finished in 1610 by Vincenzo Scamozzi. The church stands on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, opposite the monumental San Marco Basilica, and is one of the first sights of Venice visible to

  • San Giovanni Battista, cathedral of (cathedral, Turin, Italy)

    Turin: The Renaissance-style cathedral of San Giovanni Battista (1498), with the brilliantly original Santa Sindone Chapel (1694) by Guarini, houses the Shroud of Turin, a piece of linen long thought to be the burial garment of Jesus. The cathedral and chapel were severely damaged by a fire in…

  • San Giovanni degli Eremiti (church, Siena, Italy)

    Roger II: Roger’s navy: …cupolas of the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, built in 1142 for the Benedictines.

  • San Giovanni Evangelista (church, Parma, Italy)

    Correggio: Mature works: …dome of the church of San Giovanni Evangelista at Parma. The dome fresco of the Ascension of Christ (1520–23) was followed by the decoration of the apse of the same church, of which only the segment entitled Coronation of the Virgin survives, the remainder having been destroyed in 1587. This…

  • San Giovanni Evangelista (church, Ravenna, Italy)

    Ravenna: The Church of St. John the Evangelist (San Giovanni Evangelista) was almost totally destroyed in World War II and has since been heavily restored. The oldest church in Ravenna, the cathedral, was originally built in 370–390 but was destroyed in 1733 and immediately rebuilt. Adjoining the…

  • San Giovanni in Laterno (church, Rome, Italy)

    Rome: San Giovanni in Laterano: When Francesco Borromini redid the interior of San Giovanni in Laterano (St. John Lateran) in 1646–50, little of the original Constantinian fabric remained after destruction by the Vandals (5th century), damage by earthquake (9th), two devastating fires (14th), and four consequent…

  • San Giovanni Rotondo (Italy)

    San Giovanni Rotondo, town, Puglia (Apulia) regione, southeastern Italy, on the Promontorio (promontory) del Gargano below Monte Calvo, just north-northeast of Foggia city. It is said to be built over a ruined temple of Jupiter and derives its name from an ancient circular (rotundus) baptistery.

  • San Giovanni, Baptistery of (baptistery, Florence, Italy)

    Filippo Brunelleschi: Early years: …for the door of the Baptistery of Florence. Brunelleschi’s trial panel depicting “The Sacrifice of Isaac” is the high point of his career as a sculptor. His ability to arrest narrative action at the moment of its greatest dramatic impact and the vigorous gestures and animated expressions of the figures…

  • San Giuliano Terme (Italy)

    San Giuliano Terme, town, Toscana (Tuscany) regione, central Italy. The town lies at the foot of Mount Pisano and has been famous since Roman times for its mineral springs (Aquae Calidae Pisanorum). The town was destroyed (1404–06) during battles between the Pisans and the Florentines. It was

  • San Gorgonio Peak (mountain, California, United States)

    San Bernardino Mountains: …km) from Cajon Pass to San Gorgonio Pass and defines the eastern limit of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The two main peaks, San Bernardino (10,649 feet [3,246 metres]) and San Gorgonio (11,499 feet [3,505 metres]; the highest point in southern California), lie east of the city of San Bernardino.…

  • San Gottardo Pass (mountain pass, Switzerland)

    St. Gotthard Pass, mountain pass in the Lepontine Alps of southern Switzerland, an important motor and railway route between central Europe and Italy. The pass lies at an elevation of 6,916 feet (2,108 metres) and is 16 miles (26 km) long. Although the pass was known to the Romans, it was not

  • San Gottardo, Passo del (mountain pass, Switzerland)

    St. Gotthard Pass, mountain pass in the Lepontine Alps of southern Switzerland, an important motor and railway route between central Europe and Italy. The pass lies at an elevation of 6,916 feet (2,108 metres) and is 16 miles (26 km) long. Although the pass was known to the Romans, it was not

  • San Gregorio, Colegio de (church, Valladolid, Spain)

    Valladolid: …include the collegiate church of San Gregorio, of the 15th century, with a magnificent late Gothic facade, now housing a famous museum of wood sculpture and carving; and a monument to Christopher Columbus (erected 1905), who died in Valladolid on May 20, 1506. Valladolid’s university (founded 1346) is one of…

  • San Ignacio (Belize)

    San Ignacio, town, west-central Belize. It lies along the Belize River near the Guatemalan border. San Ignacio and its sister town Santa Elena make up Belize’s second largest urban area. The two towns are separated by the Macal River and Belize’s only suspension bridge. With Benque Viejo del

  • San Ignacio, Church of (church, Bogotá, Colombia)

    Latin American architecture: Seventeenth- and 18th-century architecture in Ecuador, Colombia, and Cuba: In Bogotá the Church of San Ignacio (early to mid-1600s), by the Tuscan Jesuit Juan Bautista Coluccini, exemplifies the Jesuit temple type that served as a model throughout the Americas, incorporating a mix of Renaissance and Mannerist elements. The facade recalls Alberti’s San Andrea (c. 1470) and San…

  • San Ildefonso (Spain)

    San Ildefonso, town, south-central Segovia provincia (province), in southern Castile-León comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), central Spain. The town is surrounded by a dense forest and lies at the foot of the Pe?alara Mountains, just southeast of Segovia city. Founded (c. 1450) by Henry IV

  • San Ildefonso, Treaty of (European history)

    Portugal: The 18th century: …peace with Spain by the Treaty of San Ildefonso (1777).

  • San Isidro (Argentina)

    San Isidro, cabecera (county seat) and partido (county) of northeastern Gran (Greater) Buenos Aires, Argentina. It lies north of the city of Buenos Aires, in Buenos Aires provincia (province), on the Río de la Plata estuary. Colonization of the area began with the second and permanent founding of

  • San Isidro (district, Peru)

    San Isidro, distrito (district) of the southern Lima–Callao metropolitan area, Peru, and one of Lima’s most elegant suburbs, with large homes set in lush gardens. The area is dotted with numerous parks, the largest of which is the Bosque El Olivar (“olive grove”). Nearby is the private Universidad

  • San Jacinto Mountains (mountains, California, United States)

    Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument: …encompasses the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto ranges, two short segments of the Pacific mountain system that extend south and southeastward from the San Bernardino Mountains (the southernmost portion of the California Coast Ranges). The monument covers some 425 square miles (1,100 square km). Created a national scenic area in…

  • San Jacinto Peak (mountain, California, United States)

    Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument: San Jacinto Peak (10,804 feet [3,293 metres]) is the highest point; the resort city of Palm Springs lies at its eastern base. Many archaeological sites of the Cahuilla Indians are found in the Santa Rosa Mountains, and there are several reservations in the area.

  • San Jacinto, Battle of (United States history [1836])

    Battle of San Jacinto, (April 21, 1836), defeat of a Mexican army of about 1,200–1,300 men under Antonio López de Santa Anna by about 900 men (mostly recent American arrivals in Texas) led by Gen. Sam Houston. Fought along the San Jacinto River, near the site of what was to be the city of Houston,

  • San Javier de Bella Isla (Chile)

    Linares, city, central Chile. It lies inland, 60 miles (100 km) from the Pacific coast, in the fertile Central Valley. Founded in 1755 as San Javier de Bella Isla, it was renamed San Ambrosio de Linares in 1794, and its present name became official in 1875. The city is a commercial and agricultural

  • San Jerónimo de Ica (Peru)

    Ica, city, southern Peru. It is located about 30 miles (48 km) from the Pacific Ocean and 170 miles (275 km) southeast of Lima in the extremely arid and intensively irrigated coastal valley of the Ica River. Ica lies within a wide expanse of high plains that border the Andean foothills to the east.

  • San Joaquin fever (pathology)

    Coccidioidomycosis, an infectious disease caused by inhalation of spores of the fungus Coccidioides immitis. C. immitis can be found in the soil, and most infections occur during dry spells in semiarid regions of the southwestern United States, especially around the San Joaquin Valley, and in the

  • San Joaquin Foundation (medical care organization)

    health maintenance organization: …type of HMO are the San Joaquin Foundation in California and the Physician Association of Clackamas County in Oregon.

  • San Joaquin River (river, California, United States)

    San Joaquin River, river in central California, U.S. It is formed by forks rising on Mount Goddard in the Sierra Nevada and flows southwest and then north-northwest past Stockton to join the Sacramento River above Suisun Bay after a course of 350 miles (560 km). It is dammed for hydroelectric power

  • San Joaquin Valley (valley, California, United States)

    San Joaquin Valley, valley in central California, U.S., the southern part of the state’s vast Central Valley. Lying between the Coast Ranges (west) and the Sierra Nevada (east), it is drained largely by the San Joaquin River. The valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the

  • San Jose (California, United States)

    San Jose, city, seat (1850) of Santa Clara county, west-central California, U.S. It lies in the Santa Clara Valley along Coyote Creek and the Guadalupe River, about 50 miles (80 km) southeast of San Francisco. The city, located just southeast of San Francisco Bay, sprawls over a broad floodplain

  • San José (national capital, Costa Rica)

    San José, capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Situated in the broad, fertile Valle Central 3,800 feet (1,160 metres) above sea level, it was called Villa Nueva when it was settled in 1736. San José developed slowly as a tobacco centre in the Spanish colonial era. In 1823 the national capital

  • San José (Chile)

    Chile: Chile in the 21st century: …attention was focused on the San José mine, near Copiapó in northern Chile, where 33 miners were trapped 2,300 feet (700 metres) belowground by a mining accident on August 5. The miners were discovered to be alive on August 23, and the operation to rescue them was reported on daily…

  • San Jose (Luzon, Philippines)

    San Jose, chartered city, north-central Luzon, northern Philippines. Situated in foothills near the source of the Chico River, it is a trading centre in the region known as the country’s most important rice granary. About 9 miles (15 km) east of the city is the Pantabangan Dam (1974), which

  • San José (Uruguay)

    San José, city, southern Uruguay. It lies northwest of Montevideo along the San José River. It originated in 1783, when Eusebio Vidal, acting under orders of the viceroy, Don Juan José de Vertíz, organized the San José district, naming it for the river that ran through the territory. The city

  • San José (Guatemala)

    Puerto de San José, port town, south-central Guatemala, situated along the Pacific Ocean. Opened in 1853, it is a roadstead with a long wharf; passengers and cargo are transferred from ships anchored 1 mile (1.6 km) offshore. It served as Guatemala’s principal Pacific port until the early 1980s,

  • San José de Buena Vista de Curicó (Chile)

    Curicó, city, Maule región, central Chile. It is located in the Central Valley near the Mataquito River. Founded in 1743 as San José de Buena Vista de Curicó, it was given city status in 1830. In 1928 it was devastated by an earthquake, but the fine Plaza de Armas (central square) survived. An

  • San José de Chiquitos (Bolivia)

    Santa Cruz: …1561 at what is now San José de Chiquitos, it was attacked repeatedly by Indians until 1595, when it was moved to its present location along the Piray River and renamed Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Its inhabitants declared their independence from Spain in 1811, and the city was recaptured…

  • San José de Cúcuta (Colombia)

    Cúcuta, capital of Norte de Santander departamento, northeastern Colombia, on the Venezuela border. Founded in 1733 as San José de Guasimal, it became San José de Cúcuta in 1793. In 1875 it was destroyed by an earthquake but then was rebuilt with parks and wide avenues. The nucleus of a livestock

  • San José de las Lajas (Cuba)

    San José de las Lajas, city, west-central Cuba. It lies in hilly country about 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Havana. The city is known primarily as a commercial and manufacturing centre for the surrounding agricultural and pastoral lands, which feature dairying and sugarcane growing, but thermal

  • San José de Mayo (Uruguay)

    San José, city, southern Uruguay. It lies northwest of Montevideo along the San José River. It originated in 1783, when Eusebio Vidal, acting under orders of the viceroy, Don Juan José de Vertíz, organized the San José district, naming it for the river that ran through the territory. The city

  • San José del Guaviare (Colombia)

    San José del Guaviare, city, southeastern Colombia. It lies along the right bank of the Guaviare River, in a transition area between the Llanos (grassland plains) to the north and tropical, semideciduous rainforests to the south. Despite its isolation from neighbouring economic centres, San José

  • San Jose Earthquakes (American soccer team)

    Landon Donovan: …before being loaned to the San Jose (California) Earthquakes of Major League Soccer (MLS) in March 2001.

  • San José Gulf (gulf, Argentina)

    Chubut: San José Gulf was officially decreed a wildlife sanctuary in 1974 in an attempt to protect the breeding, calving, and mating areas of right whales, orcas, and elephant seals.

  • San Jose Mercury News (American newspaper)

    Gary Webb: …a three-part series for the San Jose Mercury News in 1996 on connections between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the U.S.-backed Contra army seeking to overthrow Nicaragua’s leftist government, and cocaine trafficking into the United States. The series, which was placed online with a number of supporting documents when the…

  • San Jose Mogote (archaeological site, Mexico)

    pre-Columbian civilizations: Early Monte Albán: …one centre of some importance, San José Mogote. San José Mogote shows evidence of Olmec trade and contacts dating to the time of San Lorenzo.

  • San Jose scale (insect)

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