The coastal states of California, Oregon and Washington are commonly referred to as the West Coast
First humans, moved
in from Asia at the end of the last Ice Age at least 15k years ago.
Possibly they came on foot via the Bering
, and/or with small fishing boats along the sea ice edges.
Some moved on to colonize the rest of the Americas. The ones
that stayed diversified and developed different habits and languages.
Europeans arrived at San Diego Bay in 1542, but settlements
only occurred late in the 18th century; Spanish in the south, Russian and British in the north.
After the victory
in the Mexican-American War
California became part of the USA in 1848, in the same timeframe Oregon and Washington also joined
Today the West Coast has a demographic diverse population with Hispanic influences in the south and Asian to the
Its inhabitants are in general liberal leaning and care for the environment.