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Southwest, including Bisbee, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, El Paso, San Antonio, Tijuana, Nogales, and Ciudad Juarez. S. citizens and the United States as a geopolitical nation entered as immigrants, and towns occupied both isolated frontier districts and dynamic global crossroads. Exploring the ﬂuid and consequential bonds between space and identity affords a perspective from which to reenvision the region while remaining sensitive to the determinative speciﬁcities of individual locations. Organization This book explores Los Angeles in a variety of contexts, focusing especially on families, episodic violence, infrastructure, and public policy.
18 Some elite citizens undoubtedly regretted Mexico’s victory and the Fernandino fathers openly fretted about what the future held for them and their Indian charges, but no one offered more than grumbling protest. Placid as the change in power proved to be, Mexico’s liberal government did alter the relationship between people and the state. Subjects became citizens, popular political participation expanded, and pobladores found new opportunities to shape the city’s social and spatial identity. Yet differences at ﬁrst remained below the surface, and most public ofﬁcials retained their previous positions.
34 Angelenos employed Gabrielino-Tongva in a variety of other occupations, and their labor proved crucial to the pueblo’s early success. Encouraged by the fruitful partnership but worried about reports of Indian abuse, Pedro Fages, de Neve’s successor as Alta California’s governor, issued a Code of Conduct in 1787 sanctioning poblador-indio interactions, requiring settlers to respect Gabrielino rancherías (independent settlements), and mandating payment to Indian laborers. 35 However much Christianized and independent Gabrielinos became incorporated into the town’s economic and social fabric, however, they did not do so as equals.