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Juan Avila, Rancho Niguel, and the Liberation of the Native Sons of the Pueblo of Los Angeles

  • Laguna Niguel Public Library 30341 Crown Valley Parkway Laguna Niguel, CA, 92677 United States (map)

The 1830s marked the secularization of Mission San Juan Capistrano and the distribution of its lands to the second generation of the founding families of Los Angeles.  Receiving their own land grants allowed native sons to escape the strictures of patriarchy while at the same time establishing themselves as patriarchs.  But these land grants proved to be a double-edged sword: families avoided the sorts of tensions inherent in independence born of rebellion but at the same time lost the collective commitment necessary to the success of the rancho enterprise.  This talk tells the story of the Avila family when its eldest son, Juan, left his father’s rancho to strike out on his own as the grantee of Rancho Niguel.

Presented by Professor Donna Schuele, under the auspices of the Historical Society of Southern California

Location: Laguna Niguel Public Library, 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

This event is part of the June membership meeting of the Laguna Nigel Historical Society.  The organization’s website is:

The event is free, but please RSVP to Cher Alpert at by June 21.