LATimes: Mapping the Tongva villages of L.A.’s past

By Sean Greene and Thomas Curwen May 9, 2019

From the mountains to the sea
Long before the development of Los Angeles, with its freeways and suburbs, Southern California was known for its grasslands, estuaries and oak-covered foothills.

The original people of Los Angeles, the Tongva, defined their world as Tovaangar. It extended from Palos Verdes to San Bernardino, from Saddleback Mountain to the San Fernando Valley.

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