The Old Spanish and Mexican Ranchos of Los Angeles County


The earliest land claims in the greater Los Angeles area.

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The placid blue waters of the Pacific Ocean contrast sharply with the exaggerated topography of the Transverse Ranges on this attractive bird’s eye view of southern California. Nestled in between are the numerous historic ranchos that played a vital role in the cultural and economic development of the region. A few idealized scenes show a lifestyle comprised of tranquil agrarianism and Evangelical Christianity.

According to fellow map dealer Michael Jennings of Neatline:

“In order to support their military presidios, the Spanish established their first civic pueblos in what is now Los Angeles County in the year 1777. The Spanish era lasted until 1821, when Mexico gained independence from Spain. At the time of the American victory of the Mexican-American War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, there were over three dozen ranchos located in present-day Los Angeles County.

The largest of these ranchos was comprised of former San Fernando mission lands, labeled Rancho Ex-Mission San Fernando on the map. At the center of the map is the Pueblo of Los Angeles. On either side Eddy has used a lighter shade of green to delineate public lands; lands set aside to allow for common grazing for ranchers to use so they wouldn’t overgraze their own properties.”

The map was drawn by the talented Gerald Eddy in 1937 and prepared and copywritten by the Title Insurance and Trust Company of Los Angeles. Unsurprising that a real estate firm would be interested in Spanish ranchos, as their original claims often comprise the legal foundation for subsequent American occupation and possession of those lands.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1937

Author: Gerald Eddy

Sheet Width (in): 18.00

Sheet Height (in): 20.10

Condition: A

Condition Description: Faint crease in the lower right corner, otherwise in fine condition.


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