Chapter

Pueblo to Metropolis

in Los Angeles in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268838
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948860 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268838.003.0003
Pueblo to Metropolis

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The history of the Los Angeles area abounds with the gargantuan, the fantastic. Settled more than sixteen miles inland from a shallow, unprotected bay, it has made itself into one of the great port cities of the world; lying far off the normal axes of transportation and isolated by high mountains, it has become one of the great railroad centers of the country; lacking a water supply adequate for a large city, it has brought in a supply from rivers and mountain streams hundreds of miles away. This chapter describes the arrival of adventurers from Spain and Portugal, the founding of Los Angeles, Mexican rule, the emergence of Los Angeles as a modern American metropolis, the quest for water, the city's participation in war, and the impact of the Depression after the 1929 stock crash.

Keywords: Los Angeles; history; port cities; transportation; water supply

Chapter.  16750 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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