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The Golden Gate

Golden GateIn 1846, John C. Fremont named the body of water connecting San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean, "The Golden Gate". The headlands of the San Francisco Golden GatePeninsula are separated from the headlands of the Marin Peninsula by the fast-flowing current of this strait.Many European explorers passed right by the opening to the bay, until in 1775, Juan de Ayala captained the first ship which sailed into it, dropping anchor in a cove behind Angel Island. Through the Golden Gate, Pacific currents, billowy fogs and strong ocean breezes still dominate the city which grew up in the Gold Rush of the 1800's.