Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the United States of America. A culture known for its climate, Hollywood films, and sprawling architectural urban design, it is the West Coast’s economic dynamo that bolsters the areas of tourism, technology and innovation.
California was originally settled by Native Americans, Spanish, French, Prussians, Russians, and English. The City of L.A. was originally owned primarily by Spanish families that received land grants to live in the area. The main industry was focused on raising cattle until the 1848 gold rush. The influx of miners in the 1860s affected livestock prices, further molding the economy of the area. Twenty-five years later, many of the largest landowners and prospectors seeking to find oil and develop new real estate subdivisions flocked to the Los Angeles area.
In the early 1920s, with the invention of the exciting new gas-powered automobile, there were more cars in Los Angeles than any other town in the world! This led to an urban sprawl that helped to spur population growth that spread outward into an urban sprawl.