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.