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Now the largest city in the United States, Los Angeles began in 1781 as settlement of outcasts from Mexico whom the priests of nearby Mission San Gabriel considered lazy drunkards. Not until the late 1880's, when a second rail line arrived from Santa Fe, connecting Los Angeles directly to eastern markets, did this community of farmers and ranchers shake off its centuries-long isolation and begin attracting the flood of new residents who would transform it into an international metropolis.

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