Timeline of San Diego

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of San Diego, California, United States.


Before the 19th century

Spanish colonization (1769-1821)

19th century

Mexican period (1821–1848)

Late 19th Century (1850s–1890s)

20th century



21st century

Anticipated future events

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cabrillo National Monument</span> United States historic place

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