The City of San Jose has established Montgomery Park, a Monument at San Felipe and Yerba Buena Roads, and John J. During this period, San Jose also became a center of innovation for the mechanization/industrialization of agricultural and food processing equipment.

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Forbes, founder of Los Gatos, California (granted Rancho Potrero de Santa Clara), Antonio Suñol, Alcalde of San Jose (granted Rancho Los Coches), and José María Alviso, Alcalde of San Jose (granted Rancho Milpitas).

In 1835, San Jose's population of approximately 700 people included 40 foreigners, primarily Americans and Englishmen.

Before the arrival of the Spanish, the area around San Jose was inhabited by the Ohlone people.

San Jose was founded on 29 November 1777, as the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the first city founded in the Californias.

Between 18, thirty-eight rancho land grants were issued in the Santa Clara Valley, 15 of which were located within modern day San Jose's borders.

Numerous prominent historical figures were among those granted rancho lands in the Santa Valley, including James A.

California was claimed as part of the Spanish Empire in 1542, when explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo charted the Californian coast.

During this time, California and Baja California were administered together as Province of the California (Spanish: ).

By 1845, the population of the pueblo had increased to 900, primarily due to American immigration.