Photo of the Main Post area with tent camp in foreground and bay behind during the Spanish American War.
Tent camp in the Main Post area of the Presidio during the Spanish American War. The influx of troops to the Presidio during the Spanish American and Philippine wars forever changed the face of the Presidio.

U.S. Military History Institute


The Presidio's storied past reflects the dynamic history of the North American continent even before the founding of the United States, when European powers vied for control of the region. From regional wars to conflicts overseas that helped establish the U.S.' status as a superpower, events in which the Presidio played a role have affected many lives through the years. Use the links below to learn more about these stories.

Buffalo Soldiers 1906 Earthquake 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition Military Intelligence School

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Last updated: August 15, 2016

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