Juan Bautiza and other Spanish colonists founded the Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate bay, which ultimately became the settlement of San Francisco.
In 1733, English General James Oglethorpe arrived with 120 passengers on the Savannah River. He named the colony Georgia after King George II
In 1718, Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded Nouvelle-Orléans on a curve of the Mississippi River.
Spanish colonists called San Antonio after St. Anthony of Padua. The city was founded when they built the Alamo (shown).
French adventurer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville reached Biloxi Bay in 1699. Biloxi implies "first people." Britain, Spain, and the Confederacy ruled the city.
English colonists settled near the Ashley River in 1670 and named their town Charles Towne after King Charles II.
Bienville moved to French Louisiana in 1702 before founding New Orleans. The settlement migrated to Mobile, Alabama, and became French Louisiana's capital in 1711.