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Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, and was a diverse cultural melting pot with Americans, Chinese, Mexicans, and Spaniards living side by side. Originally named El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de Porciuncula, which means "The City of Our Blessed Lady, Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula", it was necessarily abbreviated to Los Angeles, which means "City of Angels", or L.A. for short. It was ceded to the nation and incorporated in 1850. The railroad reached southern California in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and coal mining and the discovery of oil in 1892 contributed to a large boom in population. In the early twentieth century the very young motion picture industry relocated here from New York, as the dry, sunny climate of Los Angeles was optimal for film making. Over time, this burgeoning industry grew into the multi-billion dollar mecca known as Hollywood. In addition to being an international hub for the film industry, Los Angeles is also home to many museums and cultural events and is a hotbed for live musical performances.
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