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One of the most influential cities in the world

Los Angeles, the largest city in California and the second largest city in the United States, was founded in 1781 when a group of settlers founded a pueblo called the City of Our Lady Queen of Angels. Today it is one of the most influential cities in the world, the industrial center of the western United States. As the "Creative Capital of the World", it brings together many people working in the creative industry that has never existed in any other place and time in the history of civilization. It also houses the global center of the film industry - Hollywood - the dream of many young people around the world.

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Los Angeles is located on the west coast of the United States, in California.

California is the most populous, richest (if it were a separate country, it would be the 5th economy in the world), and the third largest (after Alaska and Texas) US state. Its territory stretches between the Pacific coast in the west and the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east, the Mojave Desert in the southeast, and forests (predominantly redwood and Douglas fir) in the northeast. The three largest metropolises in California are Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Eight of the fifty largest cities in the United States are located there.

Los Angeles is the most populous city in California and the second most populous city in the United States after New York.

It is also the third largest city in North America, after Mexico City and New York. The population of Los Angeles is approximately 4 million people.

The area of the city is 1302 square kilometers.

The city is the center of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana agglomeration, which is inhabited by 13.1 million people, making it the second largest metropolitan area in the country, after New York, and one of the most populous metropolises in the world.

It is the seat of Los Angeles County - the most populous and one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States.

Los Angeles itself has been recognized as the most ethnically diverse American city - the city's inhabitants are often referred to as Angelenos.

Los Angeles is inhabited by people from over 140 countries who speak 224 languages of the world.

The majority are white people (49.8%), followed by African Americans (9.6%), people of Indian origin (0.7%), people with Asian roots (11.3%), newcomers from the Pacific Islands and others. In the years 2006-2008, the most dominant among the inhabitants of Los Angeles coming from Europe were: Germans, Irish, English, Italians, Russians, Poles, French, Scots, and Swedes. The vision of Los Angeles as a multicultural city is complemented by ethnic enclaves such as Chinatown, Koreatown, and Little Tokyo.

The city is divided into over 80 districts and housing estates.

The most famous districts include West Adams, Compton, Watts, Leimert Park, Baldwin Hills, Venice, Financial District, Silver Lake, Hollywood, Koreatown, Westwood, and the affluent districts: Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Hollywood Hills, Hancock Park, Pacific Palisades, Century City and Brentwood.

The original name of the city was El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles del Rio de Porciuncula.

Which translates as " City of Our Lady, Queen of Angels, of the Porciuncula River."

The coastal areas of modern Los Angeles were originally inhabited by the Tongva (Gabrielenos) and Chumash Indian tribes.

Ultimately, the city was founded in the village of iyaanga or Yaanga (meaning "place of poison oak") by the Spanish.

As early as 1542, the area of southern California was recognized as part of the Spanish colonial empire.

On August 2, 1769, the Spanish officer Gaspar de Portola, who served as the first governor of California, arrived in what is now Los Angeles. In 1771, the first missionary headquarters of Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (now on the UNESCO World Heritage List) was built in these areas, probably designed by the Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra.

In 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded a pueblo they named El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles.

More than half of the settlers were mestizos or mulattoes of African, Amerindian, or European descent. This settlement remained unchanged until 1820 when the population grew to approximately 650 people. Currently, the pueblo is located within the Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza Historic District and on Olvera Street, in the oldest part of the city.

When New Spain (Spanish colonial possession in North America) gained independence from Spain, the pueblo became part of Mexico.

The Mexicans ruled the city until 1847, when, as a result of the Mexican-American War, the Americans took control of Los Angeles.

In 1876, the railroad came to Los Angeles.

In 1892, oil deposits were discovered in the city, which made California the largest oil producer in the United States in 1923, accounting for 1/4 of world oil production.

As the city's population grew (over 102.000 in 1900), problems arose with supplying water to its inhabitants.

In 1913, the Los Angeles Aqueduct was opened and supplied four times more water than the city's needs. Thanks to this, further development was possible.

There was a clause in the city charter that prevented the sale or delivery of water from the aqueduct to any area outside the city limits of Los Angeles.

Many neighboring cities and communities were forced to join Los Angeles.

In 1910, Hollywood merged with Los Angeles.

At that time, there were already ten film studios operating in the city. By 1921, over 80% of the world's film industry was concentrated in Los Angeles. The film industry generated a lot of money, which saved the city from greater economic losses during the Great Depression in 1929. By 1930, the population of Los Angeles exceeded one million.

In 1932, Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympics.

The games were held from July 30 to August 14, 1932, during the global financial crisis. Therefore, many countries did not participate. 37 countries took part (46 at the Amsterdam Games in 1928). The then US president, Herbert Hoover, also did not participate in the Games. Although the Olympic organizing committee did not provide detailed financial data for the Games, contemporary newspapers reported a million USD profit for the city.

During World War II, Los Angeles was a major center for war production such as shipbuilding and aerospace.

L.A. area was home to six of the nation's major aircraft manufacturers (Douglas Aircraft Company, Hughes Aircraft, Lockheed, North American Aviation, Northrop Corporation, and Vultee). During the war, more airplanes were produced in one year than in all the pre-war years since the Wright brothers flew the first airplane in 1903.

In the 1930s and 1940s, Los Angeles County was a national leader in agriculture.

After the end of World War II, Los Angeles grew faster than ever. During the 1950s and 1960s, a network of highways was built, which helped develop suburban areas and caused the gradual decline of the Pacific Electric Railway Company - once the largest electric railway system in the world.

Racial tensions in the city led to riots in 1965 in Watts, a small L.A. neighborhood.

The riots broke out when a 21-year-old African-American man was stopped by police for drunk driving. The man's arrest was prevented by his mother, who came to the scene. There was a physical confrontation during which the drunk man was hit in the face with a baton. A crowd of onlookers gathered and a rumor spread that a policeman had hit a pregnant woman at the scene with a baton. Riots broke out and lasted for six days. Almost 14 thousand members of the California Army National Guard helped suppress them. The riots resulted in 34 deaths and over $40 million in property damage. It was the city's largest riot until the 1992 riot over the arrest of Rodney King.

In 1969, California became the birthplace of the Internet.

The first ARPANET transmission was then made from the University of California in Los Angeles to the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park in San Francisco.

In 1973, an African American, Tom Bradley, became mayor of Los Angeles for the first time.

He served in this position for five terms until his retirement in 1993.

In 1984 in L.A. The Summer Olympic Games were held for the second time.

Despite being boycotted by 14 communist countries, they achieved greater financial success than the previous ones. The next Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Los Angeles in 2028, making it the third city to host the Olympic Games three times.

Los Angeles is located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where geological instability has contributed to the creation of a series of faults that cause approximately 10.000 earthquakes in these areas annually.

One of the most important faults is the San Andes, located on the border of the Pacific and North American plates. Therefore, L.A. is exposed to numerous earthquakes, which, fortunately, are of small magnitude and are unaffected by the inhabitants. In 1994, however, the city was rocked by the 6.7-magnitude Northridge earthquake, causing $12.5 billion in damage and 72 deaths. Parts of the city are also exposed to tsunamis. The port areas of Los Angeles were destroyed by waves from the 1960 Chilean earthquake.

In 2002, Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn campaigned against secession from the city of the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood.

A referendum was held in which the residents rejected the secession proposal.

The city is both flat and hilly.

The highest point in the city itself is Mount Lukens - the peak of the San Gabriel Mountains, with a height of 1547 m. The eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains stretches from the city center to the Pacific Ocean, separating Los Angeles from the San Fernando Valley. There are much higher mountains around the city. To the north lie the San Gabriel Mountains, which are a popular recreational area for Angelenos. The highest peak in the Greater Los Angeles area is Mount San Gorgonio, at 3506 m.

The city's main river is the Los Angeles River, which is seasonal in most sections.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers turned this river into a fire protection channel - its banks were concreted for 82 km and the river flows through concrete channels.

The most common plant communities in the Los Angeles area are coastal sagebrush, chaparral, and coastal forests.

Chaparral is an evergreen, thicket plant formation that is a characteristic component of sclerophyllous vegetation, found in western North America. It is the equivalent of maquis from the Mediterranean Basin. Chaparral is shaped by the Mediterranean climate and intense fires. It covers 9% of California's wild vegetation and contains 20% of its plant species.

Palm trees are common in the Los Angeles area.

Palm trees are common in the Los Angeles area.

The official tree of Los Angeles is the coral tree (Erythrina caffra), although it is not native to the area.

The official flower is strelitzia, the bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae).

The city, like much of California's southern coast, is subject to the so-called "June Gloom".

It is characterized by morning clouds or fog that disappear before noon, giving way to sunny, cloudless skies.

The pillars of the Los Angeles economy are international trade, the entertainment industry (film, television, music, video games), aviation and oil industry, technology, fashion, and tourism.

The city is the industrial center of the western United States. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the five busiest seaports in the world, the most important ports in the Western Hemisphere, and key trade centers among the countries of the Pacific Ocean basin. Los Angeles is the third largest economic center in the world, second only to the metropolises of Tokyo and New York.

Los Angeles was ranked 17th among the world's financial centers in 2018.

In L.A. is the headquarters of seven corporations from the Fortune 500 list - an annual ranking of the 500 largest American companies, classified by gross revenues.

L.A. Subway is the ninth busiest system in the United States.

The "light" railway is the second most popular structure of this type in the country in terms of the number of users.

The most important airport in Los Angeles is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

It is the fourth busiest commercial airport in the world and the second in the United States. In 2017, LAX welcomed over 84 million passengers.

Los Angeles is often called the "Creative Capital of the World".

One in six city residents works in the creative industry. In L.A. More artists, authors, filmmakers, actors, dancers, and musicians live and work than in any other place and time in the history of civilization.

Los Angeles is home to Hollywood, the center of the film industry.

The city hosts the annual Academy Awards ceremony. It is the oldest and most respected awards ceremony in the world. There is also the oldest film school in the United States - USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Los Angeles has the most museums per capita of any city in the world.

There are 841 museums and art galleries in Los Angeles County. It houses, among others, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest art museum on the US West Coast, and Getty Center - the wealthiest art institution in the world.

Los Angeles is home to the largest diocese (by population) in the United States, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

It brings together five million Catholics.

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