Rancho San Pedro
The Rancho San Pedro land grant was validated by the Mexican government at 48,000
acres (195 km²) in 1828, and a USland grant validating 25,000 acres (100 km²) was issued in 1858 by the state of California.
Juan Jose Dominguez, 1736 - 1809, a Spanish soldier, arrived in
San Diego, Californiain 1769 with Fernando Rivera y Moncadaand served with the Gaspar de Portolàexpedition, and along with Juniperro Serra, traveled to San Juan Capistrano, San Gabrieland Monterey. In 1784, Juan Jose was granted seventeen Spanish leagues (75,000 acres, 305 km²) from the Spanish Empire, signed by King Carlos III.
The original Spanish land grant included what today consists of the Pacific coast cities of
Los Angelesharbor, San Pedro, the Palos Verdespeninsula, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach, and east to the Los Angeles Riverincluding; the cities of Lomita, Gardena, Harbor City, Wilmington, Carson, Compton, and western portions of Long Beach and Paramount.
The portion of the Rancho San Pedro land grant that later became the cities of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, as well as portions of Torrance and San Pedro, known as
Rancho de los Palos Verdes, was contested for many years between the Dominquez and Sepulvedafamilies through various appeals to Spanish Governors and law suits from 1817-1882, and was eventually partitioned into seventeen parcels in 1882.
In 1846, the
Battle of Dominguez Ranchowas fought on the rancho site during the Mexican-American war. Manuel Dominguez, a descendent of Juan Jose, developed the rancho.
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
The Friends of Rancho San Pedro operated the adobe ranch home as the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum. The home features two-foot thick walls, heavy timbers and a flat, tarred roof. Much of the furniture is original to the Dominguez family. The Friends provide guided tours of the house, as well as host many educational programs about ranch life and early California history. The museum's address is 18127 South Alameda Street, Rancho Dominguez, California.
*The State of California museum's archives: State of California's Spanish / Mexican land grants
*Rancho Dominguez web site.
* [http://www.dominguezrancho.com/history/ "Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum"]
* [http://archives.csudh.edu:2006/cdm4/RanchoSanPedro.php "The Rancho San Pedro Collection"]
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