"Spanish territory, Mexican territory, & now my ter" Mission Hills by BorderHopper
Mission Hills Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 90 photos
I'm suprised to find my actual hometown here on VT. Mission Hills is located in northern Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley & its the place I grew up and now live. Though I consider my hometown to be Los Angeles, thanks to its international name recognition, Mission Hills is where I live. Believe it or not Mission Hills does have a history & its not just another incorporated town of the Los Angeles metropolis.
Before me & before my home there were the Fernandenos & Shoshonean Indians, who were the original inhabitants. The Fernandenos were famed for their basket making, peaceful temperaments and ingenuity in utilizing the native plants. In later years they were converted by the padres and lived at the mission, from which there name is derived & for which our city name, Mission HIlls, is derived.
Spain claimed the Valley from 1769 on, when Portola discovered the area en route to the north. Spain established the mission chain and ceded land grants to the favored.
In 1822 Mexico secured her independence, and it was this government which secularized the missions in 1834. No later than this date a one-room structure was built, now the sala (living room), with the Indians from the Mission doing most of the work. It is not known for what use it was built - a home?, for storage? It could have been part of the Mission complex. During the Mexican regime, wars were being waged between the north and south of California, against the Mexican government, and ultimately against the United States.
Eventually this land fell under the control & governing of the United States & Mission Hills became part of the city of Los Angeles...it also became my home which is pictured above.
Andres Pico, the man who once owned the land (1845-1872 on which my house, pictured above, stands today. His adobe is a short walk away from my own home.
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