City of Los Angeles was founded in 1781 and was known as Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula which when translated meant Our Lady the Queen of the angles of Porciuncula. During that time, there were only tens of people who had inhabited the area. By the start of the 19th century, this place had a population of 315 residents.
In 1822, the Plaza Catholic Church was constructed, and the population started increasing as more settlers started streaming into the city. Los Angeles was then captured by the United States Forces in 1847.
When gold was discovered in California, Native Americans went into the area and established various settlements. They engaged in various economic activities, and later, the place started growing rapidly. Los Angeles was incorporated in 1850, and one year later, it gained its first local newspaper.
By 1870, the population of this place had risen to over five thousand people. Just like other cities in the United States, Los Angeles had a share of challenges during its growth. Between 1861 and 1870, floods caused destructions in the area, and a severe drought that killed a number of people followed soon after. Regardless of this, LA stood firm, and these problems didn’t deter it from growing.
The 20th century came, and started with a blessing for Los Angeles as many people of the Japanese and Mexican origins started settling in the area. As a result if World War I, thousands of African-Americans also settled in this place. Since there were challenges with water supply owing to the fact that this place was arid, the Los Angeles Aqueduct was completed in 1913.
In the same year, Cecil B. DeMille rented a barn in Hollywood suburb where she started a film making industry. The industry blossomed, and has continued to do so for many years.
All did not go well with this area in the 20th century as the city faced a number of setbacks, just like other cities across the world. It however rose during the times of tribulations and it is today the second most populated city in the United States with 3.9 million residents. The city has continued to thrive, and thanks to its beaches and a host of other attractions, this city is regarded as one of the best tourist destination in the world. There are thousands of booming businesses, and the city which was once at the center of controversy is now an economy that contributes greatly to national development.