Martinez is located in the western part of the state of California and a city and seat of Contra Costa County. It sits along the south shore of the Carquinez Strait, wherein it is located in between Suisun and San Pablo bays. The area was originally named after the commandant of the San Francisco grantee and presidio, Ignacio Martinez. The area was originally established as a trading post and was then developed to become a shipping center when gold was discovered within the region and in the area. The area was settled by the Italian immigrants who developed heavily the wine industry of the community, which was then eventually relocated to Napa Valley. And with the completion of the Contra Costa Canal also boosted the city’s industrial and port industry.
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