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2412919?profile=originalWhen Los Angeles was first established in 1781, 26 of the 46 original settlers were black or a people with a mixture of African and Spanish origins.

In 1793, Juan Francisco Reyes, a black settler, served as elected mayor of Los Angeles. A member of the 1769 Portola Expedition, Reyes would serve three terms as Mayor.

Pío Pico, California’s last governor under Mexican Rule, was Afro Mexican, Pico spent his last days in Los Angeles, dying in 1894 at the home of his daughter Joaquina Pico Moreno i