Say the name Hollywood and many people think of glamorous celebrities and expensive homes. For many years, Hollywood was the center of the movie-making world. The area has changed a lot over the years, but today young actors who hope to be on TV, or in the movies, still travel to Hollywood to try and start their careers in show business. Many film companies also continue to have their studios and business offices here.
Of coures, Hollywood wasn't always famous for making movies. Native Americans were the first people to live in the area which was originally called Cahuenga---the name of an important Native American leader. In the late 1700s, Spanish explorers arrived and the native people were forced to move to other areas of what is now the city of Los Angeles.
Cahuenga was divided into east and west, and the Spanish called the west side Rancho La Brea. Here, the new settles grew crops such as bananas, pineapples and oranges on land good for farming.