is the third-largest city in California, the tenth-largest
in the United States, and the county seat of Santa Clara County. San Jose is
the largest city within Silicon Valley, which is a major component of the
greater Bay Area. It is the largest city in Northern California.
San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777, as El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the first civilian town in
the Spanish colony of Nueva California. The city served as a farming community
to support Spanish military installations at San Francisco and Monterey. When