Los Angeles History

Los Angeles History

12803158_877180005744611_18327263066125147_ndowntown LAIn 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area.[21] On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as “Los Pobladores” founded the pueblo called “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula”; in English it is “The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciúncula River“. The Queen of the Angels is an honorific of the Virgin Mary.[22] Two-thirds of the settlers were mestizo or mulatto with a mixture of African, indigenous and European ancestry.[23] The settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents.[24] Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles.[25]