L.A. Museum Reminds Angelenos of City's Mexican Roots

New exhibit at the Nat. History Museum of LA County doesn't shy away from the region's complex past.
2:14 | 07/16/13

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Without indigenous -- -- -- you wouldn't of had the founding of of Los Angeles. Contrary to -- What I guess what was once long held popular myth. You know -- that is was founded by people who jump and a boat in Spain and came around the horn and started the city. And and that's the stuff for big myth. Los angles responded by 44 of Mexicans who came from the present case and an Encino law regions of main vehicle they didn't come -- both they -- 22 children including two adults. 26 of the original founders of Los Angeles -- of African descent are had. In there in that -- out there where more locked up more luck gold medal. And it went through this period -- of a transformation. Where Mexicans were -- minority. By the end of the nineteenth century. Roughly three to 4% of percent of the population by 19100 what that pendulum has swung again where Los Angeles. Has experienced a -- position. I primarily from -- -- -- but also from throughout Latin America. Central America in particular and you go back in time it's in our streets it's enough Brutus and our music in his instead I've spoken word so -- is part of our past and certainly part of the present. Who would argue that it's not part of the future of Los Angeles. I am a curator of history and and chair of the history department here at the natural history museum Los Angeles county. My role in the eight exhibition becoming Los Angeles. Is that lead curator and -- historian. The exhibit attempts to cover 500 years. Environmental and cultural history. What was Los Angeles like be -- -- people came. And then are looking at the original and did his indigenous population of of Los Angeles. So it takes people on adjourning. Our of our how of those this city and the region came to be.

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