Mexican Los Angeles

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Since the 1990 census, Mexicans are the majority population in the City of Los Angeles.

The last two decades of the 19th century were a low point for Mexican in Los Angeles. The railroads brought a series of land booms and large-scale migration and immigration of Anglo Americans and Europeans. Mexicans were soon outnumbered ten to one. New attitudes on race, culture and religion enveloped the city. Mexican residences were increasingly segregated in the area within and slightly north of the Plaza.

Mexican Los Angeles is the aggregate of several communities: some date from the Spanish and Mexican rancho eras; others from the colonias (labor camps) of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and many more from the recent waves of immigration. This is manifested in the centuries-old Plaza, which today remains a vital locus of the Los Angeles Mexican community.