The Golden Gate, named that IOW by John C. Fremont (who was also responsible for the references to the German geographer Humboldt across the western USA IOW). I am presuming that the name "Golden Gate" was an obvious enough choice to be made by someone else. Sobel has made it canon that the city, as IOW, took its name from the Presidio of San Francisco rather than from the village of Yerba Buena. The islands of Yerba Buena and Alcatraz in the Bay had their IOW names by 1772.

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