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Golden Gate,strait, 4 mi (6.4 km) long and 1 to 2 mi (1.6–3.2 km) wide, linking San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean. It was discovered in 1579 by the English explorer Sir Francis DrakeDrake, Sir Francis,
1540?–1596, English navigator and admiral, first Englishman to circumnavigate the world (1577–80). Early Career
He was born in Devonshire, the son of a yeoman, and was at an early age apprenticed to a ship captain.
..... Click the link for more information. . Known as the Golden Gate before the California gold rush, its name became popular during this period because of its mineral connotation. The strait is the drowned mouth of the united Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and forms an excellent channel, c.400 ft (120 m) deep, into San Francisco Bay. Adorning the strait is the famous Golden Gate BridgeGolden Gate Bridge,
across the Golden Gate from San Francisco to Marin Co., W Calif.; built 1933–37. Its overall length is 9,266 ft (2,824 m); its main span across the strait, 4,200 ft (1,280 m), is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Joseph B.
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a strait between the Pacific and San Francisco Bay: crossed by the Golden Gate Bridge, with a central span of 1280 m (4200 ft.)
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