Visit the City of Angels and Discover its Latino Heart
Data shows the US has more Spanish speakers than Spain. It is not only a matter of numbers: the massive presence of Spanish speaking people is also bound to a massive Spanish cultural presence. You can easily recognize it from the name of so many cities, areas and States, such as Nevada, San Diego, San Francisco, etc.: Spanish pervades many areas in the United States and creates opportunities for people to enter different cultures without moving too far from home.
Let’s think about Los Angeles, for example. Its original name was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Rio de la Porciúncula de Asís. Quite a complicated name if compared to the actual and much simpler L.A.
Let’s Discover its Hispanic Soul Together.
A Little Bit of L.A. History
Los Angeles was founded in 1781 by a group of Mexican colonists who were leaving the Spanish religious mission of San Gabriel, which now is a township within Los Angeles County. In 1821 Mexico – and Los Angeles – obtained independence from Spain. In 1847 it lost a battle against the United States (the battle of Rio San Gabriel) and in 1850 California became the 30th State of the Union. Los Angeles’ importance grew and grew during the years thanks, to the oil industry. Nowadays, L.A. has gained importance for technology and, of course, filmmaking.
What to See in Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, you can experience so many different lifestyles in a single city. From Hollywood to Pasadena, from Malibu to Venice, every corner offers a different point of view on the thousand souls of Los Angeles.
The Hispanic heart of the city is in the very first cluster of buildings: El Pueblo, along Olvera Street. Here you can find the colorful, lively birthplace of L.A. It is worth a visit because of its history, enriched with the colors and the typical Mexican folklore.
Olvera Street Mexican Marketplace
Olvera Street is the first street in Los Angeles and is the only one which keeps its Mexican taste so vivid. Here you can meet real Mariachi singing typical Mexican songs eat tacos and do some shopping among the typical shops you find along the street.
Avila Adobe is the oldest building in Los Angeles. Nowadays, it is a museum: you can visit this historic house to better learn about L.A. customs and traditions during the time.
Sepulveda House is a typical example of a Victorian house in the US. You can visit it along Olvera Street.
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Also known as La Plaza, this place witnesses the history, the arts and the typical Mexican folklore. Check out for the next exhibition or educational event: their calendar is full of fantastic activities!
Formerly an Italian – styled building, Pico House has been a hotel until the 50’s, when it became El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Monument. What will be the first monument you would visit in L.A.?