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Los Angeles is one of America’s primary cities, one of the most famous, most infamous and most populous all in one. It’s also a great place to live, work and play. Once the land of the Tongva people, it is now a place of a rich and diverse cultural mix which makes living here fascinating.
THE HISTORY OF LOS ANGELES
The area that is now LA was once the hunting ground of the Hokan and Tongva people. The Spanish came in the 18th century and claimed the land for their own, driving out the indigenous people from the area as they spread.
Two peoples were here when the Spanish came in the early days, the Gabrielinos and Fernandeños, named after the missions they founded. The Gabrielinos turned into trading partners with the early settlers and helped ensure the success of those early pioneers by providing food and goods while the settlement was established.
Felipe de Neve was pivotal in the founding of Los Angeles when he was the Spanish governor of California. He wanted to found settlements to support the military and the site that is now Los Angeles was one of them. By using the Roman-derived city planning laws by Vetruvius, the city was planned with a central plaza and blocks laid out in a grid pattern. This pattern was to be taken up by the rest of our cities and is still in use today.
Officially, Los Angeles was founded on September 4 1781, when the town was allocated land, some soldiers, settlers and two padres to get established. By 1821, the town was completely self-sustaining and the largest settlement in the area.
As Mexico gained independence of Spain in 1821, California was ceded to the country. This saw much growth and economic prosperity that would be continued through to the modern day. California became American after the Mexican-American war in 1846, which ended in 1848.
This part of California is regarded as sub-arid. It’s a warm, sunny part of the country with little humidity. Winters are wet more than snowy and temperatures can fall as low as 45F. Rain is mainly restricted to late fall to early spring, meaning long, hot sunny days the rest of the year.
The sunshine and fertile ground makes for very successful growing, which is why this part of California is famous for its wine, vegetables and fruit.
GETTING AROUND LOS ANGELES
LA has five commercial airports, LAX, Long Beach, Bob Hope, John Wayne Airport, and LA/Ontario. LAX is by far the biggest with 9 terminals and hundreds of flights per day. There are buses and trains that take you from the city to the airports with varying degrees of schedules too.
Trains are also well served by Union Station in the city. Amtrak run into and out of here with Metrolink local trains serving commuters and locals. There are plenty of services but they get very busy and very hot.
Being Southern California, the car is the most popular form of transport by far. There are millions of cars on the road here, meaning traffic can be a real challenge. Due to the sprawl of the city, it is the only viable method of transport if you want to get anywhere quickly, although that’s a relative term here.
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