Southern California is a region of California, comprised of the Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan regions. Southern California is most easily divisible by counties, from North to South: Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, San Diego County.
Since the earliest settlement of the region by the Spanish in the 18th century, agriculture has been vital to the California economy. The gold rush of the mid-19th century was followed by the intensive exploitation of petroleum and other minerals. As the population grew, fishing and forestry became important, and by the late 19th century light manufacturing industries had developed. Industrial diversification proceeded swiftly in the early 20th century.
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