The History of Los Angeles
Los Angeles which means The Angels is the most populous city in the US state in California, commonly known by its initials LA. Located in southern California it has a land area of 1,215 km². it is the seat of Los Angeles county and is the most ethnically diversely populated county in the united states with a population of over 4 million people. It is home to the famous Hollywood and produces music videos, movies and video games. This article explores the history and founders of this great city of Los Angeles.
The city of Los Angeles was formed in 4th September 1781 when the first colonial settlement was made and it was called El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porcincula (Our Lady Queen of the Angels of Porcincula), named in honor of the shrine to the Virgin Mary, Santa Maria degli Angeli, Our Lady of the Angels.
The person most responsible for the development of pueblo was Governor Felipe de Neve who took the construction of presidio and the town as his responsibility and called for volunteers to help. The volunteers received a lot of building material, farm, tools and exemptions from taxes.
The city was built in-land rather than on the ocean where it would have received too many attacks. It was built in the traditional Spanish style. Neve identified Santa Barbara, San Jose, and Los Angeles as sites for his new pueblos (cogweb 2014).
According to Roger Waldinger, Mehdi Bozorgmehr, The town grew as soldiers and commoners settled there which led to the construction of plaza chapel in 1784. Each settler received four suertes, for farming, two irrigated plots and two dry ones. In 1847 LA was captured by the US forces.
The discovery of gold 1848 saw the city be populated by Americans, the Chinese and the Indians. In 1861 Los Angeles experienced a period of two years of floods followed by two years of drought but it still recovered.In 1900 hollywood was created as a film shooting industry.
The second world war saw LA become an aircraft and ammunition production point which led to many people migrating to get security and jobs.
The city of Los Angeles has overcome a lot to become the beautiful city, which attracts thousands of tourists each year, it is today. A lot of money and effort has gone into building the beautiful city.