A Companion to Los Angeles by William Deverell, Greg Hise

By William Deverell, Greg Hise

This Companion includes 25 unique essays through writers and students who current knowledgeable evaluate of the easiest and most vital paintings thus far at the advanced background of Los Angeles.

  • The first Companion supplying a old survey of la, incorporating serious, multi-disciplinary topics and cutting edge scholarship
  • Features essays from a number disciplines, together with historical past, political technology, cultural reviews, and geography
  • Photo essays and ‘contemporary voice’ sections mix with conventional historiographic essays to supply a multi-dimensional view of this bright and various city
  • Essays conceal the most important subject matters within the box inside a thematic constitution, together with demography, social unrest, politics, pop culture, structure, and concrete studies

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Californios sustained their guerrilla resistance for several months, but in the end the war effort was too difficult to keep going without reinforcements from Mexico. The treaty of Cahuenga, signed January 13, 1847, assured Californios of the rights of American citizens: life, property, and movement. In exchange, Angelenos pledged to lay down their arms for the duration of the war (Bancroft 1886b: 286–7, 403–5; Haas 1998: 342–5). This is the part of the story when most Americans turn their attention north to the gold fields, and the dynamic history of American California begins.

Most histories of early California focus their attention, rightly, on the experience of California’s Native peoples in the missions. They, after all, were the dominant institutions for most who lived in the coastal zones. Yet a full history of Spanish California would do well to include the other, less formal ways Spaniards and Indians worked out their relationships at the edges of empire. Up to this point the third institution of colonization, the presidios, or military forts, has been absent.

BANC MSS C-A 62. Forty-two settlers began to arrive in California in June and July of 1781. They stayed at first at San Gabriel mission and walked to the ranchería to begin construction with the people of Yaagna on the zanja madre (or main irrigation ditch), houses, corrals, and fences of the new settlement. By the end of August, most of the stragglers had finally arrived, and de Neve formally established the town of Los Angeles on September 4, 1781. The dream may not have materialized as de Neve imagined, but henceforth, the future of the Indian ranchería of Yaagna, and the Spanish town of Los Angeles, would be intertwined (Kelsey 1976; Ríos-Bustamante 1992; Estrada 2008).

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