1. 1781: The Founding of Los Angeles

Under orders of King Carlos III of Spain, the governor of California Felipe de Neve laid out a small settlement along a river valley and, on September 4, called it El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (the Town of the Queen of the Angels) (see El Pueblo de Los Angeles), another name for the Virgin Mary.

2. 1850: LA Becomes a City

After the US-Mexican War (1846–48), Los Angeles became part of the US on April 4, five months before California became the 31st state. With a population of only 1,600, this lawless backwater lacked even such basic urban infrastructures ...

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