The central plaza of El Pueblo de Los Angeles is often called the birthplace of Los Angeles. A plaque commemorates the arrival of the 44 pobladores from Mexico who founded El Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles sobre el Río Porciúncula in 1781.
The actual plaza the pobladores built was destroyed in a flood in 1815. This one was built in the 1820s, on higher ground. But it was the heart of the pueblo during the Mexican period in the 19th century. Today it’s a gathering place for fiestas, like this one in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s national religious icon.