This multiple-choice test covers the earliest days of Newport Beach history. The six questions are:
- Despite explorers and merchants sailing off the coast of California beginning in the mid-1500s, why was there no mention of Newport Bay in the historical record for 300 years? (The answer will surprise you.)
- Why in 1870 did Capt. Samuel S. Dunnells decide to turn into Newport Bay and search for a "new port" despite ample warnings that the inlet was too dangerous. (The answer is not what you would expect.)
- A tiny settlement sprung up at Newport Landing soon after its discovery. Who were the first settlers? (This is a shocker as well.)
- What made Newport Landing unlike any port along the California coast? (It has to do with the shallow depths of and high surf at the bay's entrance.)
- How as the cargo loaded onto ships at Newport Landing? (It was an ingenious method in a time before cranes were common.)
Each answer comes with plenty of context. Enjoy!