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Long before the white settlers or even the Spanish explorers, the Native Americans called the Chumash had their villages all along the coast of California from Malibu to San Luis Obispo. One of their favorite spots where they had their "Humaliwo" village was near the mouth of the Malibu Lagoon. They called it ?where the surf sounds loudly".

Spaniard Juan Cabrillo, who explored this area around 1542, claimed much of California for the King of Spain. One of these areas it encompassed was the small bay of Malibu Lagoon. It was called, "Pueblo de las Canoas" (Town of the Canoes), due to the skillful craftsmanship of the Chumash canoes. In 1775 the expedition by Juan Bautista de Anza that brought with him was 250 men, women, and children from Mexico who braved the unknown to cross the stark deserts and to traverse mountains to establish a permanent Spanish settlement in California. It was rediscovering in 1776 when this hardy settlers camped at the stream under some mighty oak trees, which is today Malibu Creek State Park.

It was young Jose Bartolome Tapia who was the eldest of nine children of one of the settlers trekking their way that he recorded. It was obviously never far from his memory because when he was all grown up, in 1800 he applied for a grant of the land as a reward for his service in the Army. In 1805, he named it Rancho Topanga Malibu Sequit and this is where he had his cattle grazing and started his family. Leon Victor Prudhomme who had married Tapia's granddaughter in 1848 eventually inherited the title to the Rancho Malibu.

Sadly like most Spanish land owners after US-Mexican War, lost their titles once the American government moved into California. Prudhomme was at least able to sell some of his land holdings during the Gold Rush in 1857 to Matthew Keller an Irishman, for about ten cents per acre. By 1892 the Rindge family bought 13,330-acre tract from Henry Keller's son Matthew and were considered the last land owners of Rancho Malibu.

Now it is a high-end real estate mecca of beachfront homes, trendy restaurants and shopping areas. Yet, these folks that live along here work hard in keeping the environment clean so all that live here or visit can enjoy the beautiful sunsets, surf, clean beaches and precious wildlife.

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  • Last visit to Malibu: Jan 2011
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    What a nice place to visit. The Getty villa sounds worth a visit, I love the gardens, murals and all the excellent statues. Thanks for the tour!

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    Oct 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Fabulous Malibu travel page with so many interesting attractions especially the beautiful beaches, parks and museums. Thanks for your virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    A fine new page with lots of interesting historical background. I like the idea of the Malibu Legacy Park.

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    Very Nice page about a lovely place.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Malibu looks like it would make for a nice day trip! Spending time at the pier alone would be wonderful! That Sadie is cute as can be. Picturesque cottage gift shop at the Adamson house is charming.

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Dee, 20 minutes away to the Malibu Pier. Sue and I love going to the Beachcomber for appetizers and a great cocktail. Yum. :-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Another educational page, Dee, with background, history, and personal insights. Love the park, the gardens, and the house. All my kind of travel experiences.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    beautiful pictures, esp the creek park. we were there in 1991, wish we knew about all these pretty places. and thanks for visiting my bangkok page, a long time ago.

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Ill have to drop by again to see your updates.The beach looks terrific! Im off to one in a week for some well deserved downtime@! Thanks for dropping by the DC pages..I really did enjoy my time there..so many interesting attractions to see and experience!

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    Great Malibu Page! Have you tried Malibu Seafood?


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