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Compton is a city of myth and misunderstandings. Today, it is known as the city of qhip-hop dreams and gangsta fantasies.q Its history, however, is not as well known. Compton was originally part of the Rancho San Pedro Spanish land grant. The area was deeded as a wedding gift, lost in foreclosure, then sold to F.P.F. Temple and F.W. Gibson at a sheriff's sale. Ultimately, it was settled in 1867 by former forty-niners from Stockton. Given its location halfway between the harbor and Los Angeles, the qHub Cityq has seen many pivotal events: the dawn of flight at the 1910 international air meet, the 1933 earthquake, floods, white flight, factory shut-downs, decline, and now a new beginning at the start of the 21st century.Stigmatized as a high-crime combat zone in the 1970s and 1980s, homegrown gangster-rap artists solidified the myth of Compton ... After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, owners of the large Spanish land grants in California felt under siege by the new American settlers. ... In February 1850, Don Manual Dominguez gave 4, 600 acres, located just north of the site of the 1846 Battle of Dominguezanbsp;...

Author:Robert Lee Johnson
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2012


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