The University, founded in 1851, was born amid the tumultuous growth of the Gold Rush era.
The mission, dating back to 1777, was the first outpost of Spanish civilization in the Santa Clara Valley.
San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777, as the Pueblo of San José de Guadalupe, the first civilian town founded in Spanish Alta California.
Following World War II, San Jose experienced an economic boom, with a rapid population growth and aggressive annexation of nearby cities and communities carried out in the 1950s and 60s. Census indicated that San Jose had officially surpassed San Francisco as the most populous city in Northern California.
The history of both institutions is intimately bound up with the history of the state.
The diarists of these expeditions, such as Juan Cresp, Francisco Palu, Pedro Font, and Juan Bautista de Anza, described the Santa Clara Valley as a broad grassy plain covered with oaks and well-watered with marshy creeks and rivers, whose courses could be traced from a distance by the trees growing along their banks.
The explorers commented on the abundant good agricultural land and also on the number of Indian settlements.
All agreed that the Santa Clara Valley (known at this time as the Llano de Los Robles, or Plain of the Oaks) was an excellent place for a mission.
On Thursday, April 6, 2017, at approximately pm, Santa Clara Police Officers responded to investigate a report of a domestic violence incident.
Major global tech companies including Cisco Systems, e Bay, Adobe Systems, Pay Pal, Brocade, Samsung, Acer, and Western Digital maintain their headquarters in San Jose, in the center of Silicon Valley.