During the American Revolutionary War, Spain built military outposts along the coast of Alta California. These fortresses, known as Presidios, played many vital roles such as protecting missions, settlers, and the country against attacks. In 1782, the Spaniards founded El Presidio de Santa Barbara State, which today is a state historic park and home to the last four Presidios.
El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Before heading out, check out the visitor’s guide for a more fulfilling experience.
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