Why is Los Angeles called the City of Angels?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The City of Los Angeles, or L.A. means "The City of Angels." In 1769 an expedition across Southern California found a litte river and named it "El Río de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula," "The River of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciuncula," with porciúncula meaning "little portion."

    On September 4, 1781, 44 Mexican settlers established a town near this river site. They named this new town El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles sobre El Río Porciuncula, ("The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on the River Porciuncula"). Of course, this was a very long name, so over time, the name was shortened to what it is today, Los Angeles.

    Source(s): Lived in LA for four years during college
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because it is believed by many that the Angels saved & guided the people who traveled from Mexico on foot & by horseback, & the Spaniards who sailed the Pacific Ocean & settled or were shipwrecked on the shores of what is now known as Los Angeles. The Angels still watch over people to this very day. You can see them at certain times of the year. The Los Angeles Valley was once a beautiful & rich farmland that had abundant crops, fresh clean water, & land for the farm animals to graze upon & be used for food. Today it is a different place, yet the Angels still come & bless the people & the land!

  • 4 years ago

    Los Angeles means "The Angels" in Spanish. Los Angeles is a city. So it's nickname is "The City of Angels".

  • 1 decade ago

    Los Angeles is Spanish for "the angels"

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