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That same year, a courthouse and wharf were built in San Buenaventura.A bank was opened and the first public library was created.
At the time, the area that would become Ventura County was the southern part of Santa Barbara County. A drought caused many of the ranchos to experience financial difficulties and most were divided, sub-divided and sold.
These concessions were known as ranchos and consisted of thousands of acres of land that were used primarily as ranch land for livestock.
In Ventura County, Rancho Simi was granted in 1795 and Rancho El Conejo in 1802.
On April 1, 1866, the town of San Buenaventura was incorporated becoming the first officially recognized town in what would become Ventura County.
On January 1, 1873, Ventura County was officially split from Santa Barbara County, bringing a flurry of change.
The plank canoe, called a tomol in Chumash, was important to their way of life.
Canoe launching points on the mainland for trade with the Chumash of the Channel Islands were located at the mouth of the Ventura River, Mugu Lagoon and Point Hueneme.A priest with the expedition, Father Juan Crespí, kept a journal of the trip and noted that the area was ideal for a mission to be established and it was a "good site to which nothing is lacking".It is named after Saint Bonaventure, one of the early intellectual founders of the Franciscan Order.Ventura County comprises the Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA Combined Statistical Area.It is also considered the southernmost county along the California Central Coast.Active occupation of California by Spain began in 1769.