For hundreds of years, the inhabitants cultivated the dark and loamy earth, which yielded corn and other food sources. The proximity of a fresh and plentiful water source, as well as the abundant local game that were attracted to the river, made it a hub for generations of denizens who also enjoyed a mild, pleasant year-round environment. Over time, the locals would branch out and discover new and favorable places to start other villages, but that spot would remain the focal point of the region, nexus to all surrounding civilization, and the fateful destination of the first European explorers.
One could climb up to the rocky tors that lined the wooded area behind the village Elysian Parkor cross the shallow river and hike to the bluffs on the east, and be treated to a breathtaking view of the region that could only confirm their belief that they lived in a paradise at the center of the world.
Imagine a vista that reached from the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains to the unending vastness of the Valley. Or turn in the other direction, and see a horizon that crossed a verdant basin and ended at the Pacific Ocean.
One could gaze west and see fellow villagers along the old pathway Wilshire Blvd. Or one could turn east and see the small delta that marked the merger of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers, a place that would later become the site of a mission and a very generous vineyard. One could even see as far Southeast as the old trail El Camino Real that brought the soldiers and priests of the de Portola Expedition in By the time the Gabrielino Indian village of Yang Na greeted the newcomers, the heart of the city was forged and the layers of cityhood that have since developed only further embed the legacy of that four mile patch of ancient, good earth.
As is the case in most continental collisions, the native population declined quickly, and the citizenry was made up of Spanish settlers. Some were from Spain, but most of them were from New Spain -- that is, Mexico. In the eyes of the pure Hispanics, the Mexicans were second class, and indeed, East L.A. relations. The distance from Mexico City, seat of the Viceroy, and the even greater if not almost unimaginable distance from the crown of Spain, fostered an independent spirit in Southern California that continues to this day, East L.A..
Favored adventurers and pioneers arrived with land grants and established vast haciendas and ranchos, land holdings today that would stretch over several small cities within the county boundaries. The independent spirit of the region was further ingrained in the locals by the arrival and integration of English-speaking settlers, either Americans from the U.
They were welcomed with East L.A. set of caveats; to learn Spanish and become citizens, and Catholicsas well as to promise to live the way of the time, as Californios. Over time, the presence of these adopted citizens grew, and their best intentions and influence upon the Californio way of life further separated the sense of allegiance of Angelenos to Spain.
Mexico broke from Spain inand over the 10 years of struggle that followed, the local population was initially resistant, but quickly amenable to adjust to a new world citizenship, but remained at a distance from the heart of the Mexican nation.
Yet, upon the outbreak East L.A. the Mexican American War inthe loyalty of the natives of Los Angeles proved to by surprisingly strong, and it was the locals that stopped the run of the Bear Flag Revolt. The area today just east of the Los Angeles River was the site of numerous battles between the loyal Mexicans and the invading troops.
But the war ended in victory for the United States, and the Californios found themselves under a new flag. Several tenets of the treaty between the U. Fueled by the raging spirit of Manifest Destiny, a hunger for California's rich resources, East L.A. caprice of the governmental authorities and the discovery of gold, the next 10 years saw the end of Californio gentry and the savagery rendered upon them during the period of anti-Mexican sentiment left that population impoverished and strangers in their own homeland.
As the center of city was being repopulated by U. The land had changed hands, parcels were redistributed, but development had yet to occur. However, the time was ripe. The rapid growth of the city, the advent of industry, growth of commerce and the coming of the railroad underscored the boom that captivated the city.
A demand for labor, tradesmen, housing for all those newcomers, and the belief that the explosion would only get bigger, compelled the primary title holders to finally build a city in the space where wilderness grew -- East L. The region had a long-standing history of being a place where people passed through, and as such, the roads and small and sparse locales where people settled were easily incorporated into the master plan.
First Boyle, as in Boyle Heights, and later his in-law Mayor Workman, facilitated the new infrastructure, water, roads and bridges, and a key element, transportation lines. Lincoln Heights was developed along plot lines that reflected the greatest European cities. North Broadway was surveyed in exact proportion to the most ideal boulevards in Paris. Added to Watchlist. From metacritic. Chicano Heaven. Best Comedies!!!! Best of 80's comedy. Use the HTML below.
You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Cheech Marin Rudy Paul Rodriguez Javier Daniel Stern Jimmy Kamala Lopez Dolores Jan-Michael Vincent Rudy's Mother Urbanie Lucero Rudy's Sister Chastity Ayala Rudy's Niece David Perez Rudy's Nephew Neith Hunter Marcie Larry Blackmon Slick Dude Tito Larriva Oscar Geoffrey Rivas Lester Miguel Delgado Edit Storyline Rudy is an American of Mexican descent who is caught up in an immigration raid on a factory.
Genres: Comedy. Edit Did You Know? Trivia This was Cheech Marin 's first solo project after Cheech and Chong went their separate ways in This was also the first time he is seen without any headgear starting at  when Rudy is having a drink with Jimmy Daniel Stern then later leads the band in The Who 's Summertime Blues, albeit only for about two minutes. However this changed in when the government started requiring American citizens to have a passport to cross back and forth from Mexico.
Quotes Immigration officer : Where were you born? Rudy : What? Immigration officer : Read my lips, El Paco.
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