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Santa Clara County was one of the original counties of California, formed in 1850 at the time of statehood.

In the early 20th Century, the area was promoted as the “Valley of the Heart’s Delight” due to its natural beauty, including a significant number of orchards.

The first major technology company to be based in the area was Hewlett-Packard, founded in a garage in Palo Alto in 1939. IBM selected San Jose as its West Coast headquarters in 1943. The U.S. Navy had a large presence in the area and began giving large contracts to Silicon Valley electronics companies.

Today, Santa Clara County is the headquarters for approximately 6500 high technology companies, including many of the largest tech companies in the world, among them: AMDCisco Systems and Intel, Apple Inc. and Hewlett-Packard, eBayFacebookGoogle and Yahoo!.

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