The "City of Angels," which is known for being the home of entertainment, business, and trade, was founded on September 4, 1781. Among the first settlers to arrive in the region were Gaspar de Portola and Junipero Serra, whom arrived in 1769. These two explorers traveled from Spain to ensure that the area was not captured by the English. Portola and Serra surveyed the land, and discovered that the amount of fertile soil, irrigation, and available trade routes made the newly discovered land promising for a large settlement. Both of the explorers never knew that the city they have founded would become one of the largest and most ravishing cities in the United States.
A group of travelers titled the Los Pobladores were the original founders of Los Angeles. The group Los Pobladores consisted of men and woman from Las California, which were sent by Governor Felipe de Neve to build pueblos in surrounding areas. One of the areas that the Pobladores were sent to erect pueblos is modern day Los Angeles. Captain Rivera y Moncada led the group, which established the settlement and entitled the new land, El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, on September 4th 1781. The title of the settlement means "The town of our lady the queen of the angels on the Porciuncula River."