Today in Latin American History
Los Angeles was Founded by 44 Mexican Settlers in 1781
Photo: Los Pobladores (Buckley Mac-Gurrin)
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).
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican politician Carlos Romero Barcelo who was the governor of PR was born in 1932
- Today in LatAm history, Mexico City’s underground subway system began operating with 48 stations and 3 lines in 1969
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian football coach Otto Glória who managed many international teams died in 1986
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan beauty queen and Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernández was born in 1990