Presidio Museum of Monterey
Backstory and Context
This area was discovered by the Spaniards in 1770, who built the Presidio to garrisoin the area and thwart any possible invasion by Russia. The Presidio's strategic location allowed its occupants to monitor Monterey Bay. The United States took control of the installation in 1846 during its war with Mexico. After the war, Presidio was left abandoned and vacant. In 1902, the government decided to use the installation for training soldiers, a mission that continues to this day. The installation is currently home to the Department of Defense foreign language program.