The San Francisco bay is one of the largest landlocked harbors in the world and for this reason, and its abundant natural resources, it has been a highly coveted place since humans first reached this area thousands of years ago. To tell the story of San Francisco and the Bay Area is to tell of its rich military past. Originally fortified by the Spanish in the 1700’s, the area and its fortifications were passed between multiple countries and finally secured by America in 1848. The Bay Area went on to become an important center for ship building and other military operations in both World Wars. This tour takes an in depth look at Bay Area military history and the military’s need to constantly update its technology. Along the way hear fun facts and fascinating stories about Bay Area history and spend time at interesting and well preserved war relics, monuments and memorials.