The founder of the city of Los Angeles

FelipeDeNeve portadaPerhaps surprising but real, the famous city of Los Angeles California and today known as the Mecca of film and residence of the great stars of Hollywood, was founded on September 4, 1781 for bailenense whose name was Felipe de Neve Padilla. The October 18, 1774 , the viceroy would appoint him Governor of Las Californias , for their great value which was reflected in the reports that branded him " as a complete and official right man " to the point that the viceroy rejected his request be relieved of duty , being a hard and ungrateful to be permanently monitored by the ecclesiastical orders Felipe de Neve develop a wide colonizing work and conduct various foundations laid, the first being San José de Guadalupe and San Buenaventura . In this work of colonization , founded The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciúncula River , with the consent of Carlos III of Spain , which over the years, the name of the city has been anecdotally, shortening to Los Angeles.

In 1728, Bailen will witness the birth of an important figure in the history of a wealthy family in our town. Son of Mrs. Mary D. Padilla y Costilla and Felipe de Neve Noguera Castro and Figueroa; cavalry captain, will soon awaken in him the vocation, and with only 20 years will begin his career in the Infantry Regiment of Cantabria.

Later became Guard Corps and two years later from the start, reach the rank of Lieutenant in the Regiment of Flanders, to later sit square in Milan and the King. After a long period in which our protagonist is tanned in important battles and demonstrates its remarkable momentum and courage, November 1, 1764 by Charles III for the defense of New Spain, disembark in the port of Veracruz; Mexico, with a select group of veteran officers and troops featured, starting a new phase that will take you the rest of your life.

A Neve will struggle to adapt to this new destination, but not, would prevent him excel in his work as a military and prove itself as an effective administrator, inventory and manage the assets of the Company and increase the income of the property during the seven years that was stationed in the city of Zacatecas. The October 18, 1774, the viceroy would appoint him Governor of Las Californias, for their great value which was reflected in the reports that branded him "as a complete and official right man" to the point that the viceroy rejected his request be relieved of duty, being a hard and ungrateful to be permanently monitored by the ecclesiastical orders Felipe de Neve develop a wide colonizing work and conduct various foundations laid, the first being San José de Guadalupe and San Buenaventura.

 FelipeDeNeve webIn this work of colonization, founded The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciúncula River, with the consent of Carlos III of Spain, which over the years, the name of the city has been anecdotally, shortening to Los Angeles. The image on the left corresponds to the statue inaugurated in 2009 in the city of "Los Angeles", where you can read "Felipe de Neve (1728-1784). Governor of California from 1775 to 1782. In 1781, on orders from King Carlos III of Spain, Felipe de Neve selected a site near the River Porciuncula and laid out the town of El Pueblo de La Reina de Los Angeles, one of two towns have founded in Alta California. "

In this way recognizes Neve as one of the founding fathers of the city, as governor contribute to the defense and promotion of Hispanic settlements such as the city which results in Los Angeles.

His political career reached its peak when it was placed in front of the General Command of the Interior Provinces, rising to the rank of Brigadier in the Royal Army in 1783. Just a year later, Felipe de Neve pass away and as the story goes, its disappearance is one of the factors that cause the crisis quickly affect domestic provinces and expansion projects by American West Spain.

 

 

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