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In the following brief historical sketch are shown only the main phases of San Mateo County's growth. First were the Indians already in loose and scattered possession of the soil ; then the Spanish explorers, followed by the Jesuit and Franciscan fathers. Next came the great land grants or ranchos with titles from the Spanish crown itself. These in turn were divided into lesser estates consisting, nevertheless, of thousands of acres apportioned among various rich men with their stately country seats. The last stage of development of the county is now at hand, that in which the land is divided into its final segments consisting of smaller country estates and lots of the suburban home dweller.