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How Rancho Owners Lost Their Land And Why That Matters Today

How Rancho Owners Lost Their Land And Why That Matters Today

The breakup of rancho lands in Los Angeles resulted in the newfound availability of land, fueling a massive land boom for new settlers.
Legacy of Early L.A. Developers Still Remains

Legacy of Early L.A. Developers Still Remains

Many traces of once-prominent developers Alfred Chapman and Andrew Glassell remain around Los Angeles.
Today in History: How the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo Defined our Neighborhood Boundaries

Today in History: How the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo Defined our Neighborhood Boundaries

Today marks the end of the Mexican-American War which not only secured the Southwest region for the U.S., but created a foundation of neighborhoods in L.A. still visible today.
The Cultural History of Highland Park: Chapter 1

The Cultural History of Highland Park: Chapter 1

A summary of the first chapter of Departures' exploration of the cultural history of Highland Park.
Charles Fisher - Historian & Preservation Activist

Charles Fisher - Historian & Preservation Activist

Charles Fisher, a native Angeleno, works with the Highland Park Heritage Trust (HPHT) as a historic preservation activist.
Ramona

Ramona

When Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona was published in November 1884, the effects of the Mexican-American war were clearly palpable in the cobblestone streets of the pueblo.
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