According to Professor Luis L. Arroyo, The author argues correctly and perceptively that Los Angeles to the 1850s was a vital and growing community, whose development must be understood within the larger context of Mexican history. This dispels the notion that the area was isolated and static. This is the first coherent and comprehensive story of the Los Angeles region covering the Colonial and Mexican periods. B&W illustrations. Encino, CA, 1992 Floricanto Press 1st Ed., 7 x 8&1/4, 274 Pgs., PB.