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#184176 - 04/06/09 09:35 PM Re: French place names [Re: Faldage]
Loc: USA, North Carolina
Originally Posted By: FaldageOriginally Posted By: PastorVon]
According to a number of books I have read, Los Angeles began as a sailing "station" where cattle hides were cured so that they could be transported to other parts of the world to be made into leather products. A semi-permanent village grew up around the "industry" as workers brought to the station by the sailing vessels remained ashore to process the hides. A couple of Louis L'Amour novels also substantiate this info. Ha!
Any dates? Cattle hides suggests a fairly late date.
The pueblo of Los Angeles was founded in September 1781 at a site about 20 miles northeast of San Pedro Bay where the cattle industry L'Amour referred to was located. The site was first visited by a Spanish explorer in the late 1500s who noted that it would be very suitable for a town; but no settlement was established there until 1781. I don't recall if L'Amour indicated dates. One of his books in which Los Angelos is referred to, I believe, is "Lonesome Gods."
#184185 - 04/07/09 08:21 AM Re: French place names [Re: PastorVon]
FWIW, here's (link) a list of cities in North America with their foundation dates._________________________
Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#184190 - 04/07/09 01:22 PM Re: French place names [Re: zmjezhd]
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
Good list! Thanks.
#184216 - 04/09/09 12:39 PM Re: French place names [Re: zmjezhd]
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
Originally Posted By: zmjezhdFWIW, here's (link) a list of cities in North America with their foundation dates.
Very interesting, thanks for taking the time to research._________________________
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#193368 - 10/05/10 06:56 PM Re: French place names [Re: Chatter]
The last nail in the coffin.
#193381 - 10/07/10 03:32 PM Re: French place names [Re: Faldage]
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
If only it were the last coffin.
#193383 - 10/07/10 08:50 PM Re: French place names [Re: Chatter]
I see my post makes no sense whatsoever. But, hey! That's cool.
#193384 - 10/07/10 08:59 PM Re: French place names [Re: Faldage]
Loc: this too shall pass
what's really cool is that *no one* had the hardihood to comment on how it really made no sense whatsoever.
#193385 - 10/07/10 09:07 PM Re: French place names [Re: tsuwm]
Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
Now I can stop wondering.
#193386 - 10/07/10 10:30 PM Re: French place names [Re: olly]
I could explain it if anyone's really interested, but it's kinda complex and pretty boring. Probably better y'all just entertain whatever fantasies you might be harboring.
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