Los Angeles is a city with a rich and diverse history. It has Spanish and Mexican influences due to its former status as a colony of both countries. This is evident in the architecture of the city, which features Mexican and Spanish styles. The name Los Angeles itself is derived from Spanish, with 'Los' meaning 'the' and 'Angeles' meaning 'angels'.
The Los Angeles River was named in honor of a chapel that was built in 1769 by Father Crespi. After the war, Meyers studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles before designing and building ships, including his own 42-foot catamaran. The autobiography of comedian Patton Oswalt follows his journey from 1995 to 1999 when he began his career in Los Angeles. The Santa Monica Mountains divide the city into two parts: the San Fernando Valley to the north and the Los Angeles Basin to the south.
The city has many nicknames, ranging from 'The Land of Eternal Spring' to 'The Wonderful City of the United States' and 'Sunkist Skies of Glory'. In 1991, a Korean-American convenience store owner fatally shot 15-year-old Latasha Harlins after accusing her of shoplifting. Los Angeles is a large city, with its outskirts being far away from its center. It is often compared to Chicago, with some saying it may one day become as big as it.
The main village of Yaangva was located on the banks of the Los Angeles River and provided resources such as fish, nutrient-rich land and fresh water before it emptied into the Pacific Ocean. Los Angeles is now the second most populous city in the United States after New York City, having surpassed Chicago in population in the 1970s.