Felipe de Neve was the first Spanish governor of Las Californias, an area which included present day California, Baja California and Baja California Sur. He governed from 1777 - 1782. It was during his administration that the city of Los Angeles was founded. He recommended to the viceroy of Mexico at the time to establish a settlement where Father Juan Crespi met local Indians. With the approval of King Carlos of Spain Neve was given permission to establish the town. After supervising the formation of the town and gathering settlers and material from Mexico, Los Angeles was founded. He is considered one of the founders of the city. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area Ranked 3rd - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 kmÂ²) - Width 250 miles (400 km) - Length 770 miles (1,240 km) - % water 4. ... Baja California (literally lower California in Spanish) is the northernmost state of Mexico. ... Baja California Sur is one of the 31 States of Mexico, occupying the part of the Baja California Peninsula south of the 28th parallel. ... Year 1777 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1782 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area City 1,290. ... Juan Crespi (1721â1782), was a Spanish missionary and explorer in the Southwest, a Franciscan. ...
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