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Today in Latin American History

Los Angeles was Founded by 44 Mexican Settlers in 1781

Los Angeles was Founded by 44 Mexican Settlers in 1781

Photo: Los Pobladores (Buckley Mac-Gurrin)

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Today in Latin American history, Los Angeles was founded by 44 Mexican settlers becoming part of Spanish California in 1781.

Known as the Pobladores, the new townsfolk consisted of eleven families (11 men and 11 women) and 22 children of various Spanish castes.

When the Governor of Las Californias, Felipe de Neve, was assigned to establish secular settlements in what is now the state of California, he commissioned a complete set of maps and plans to be drawn up for the design and colonization of the new pueblo.

They named the new settlement El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (The Town of the Queen of the Angels).

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