San Juan Capistrano
Rancho Santa Margarita
Orange is a small city located in the county of Orange in the state of California. The city is approximately 3 miles north of the county seat, which is Santa Ana. Orange is unusual in this region of Southern California. This is because many of the homes are older, in particular, the Old Town District homes were built prior to 1920. Many other cities in the region, actually demolished their older houses in the 1960s. Yet, Orange decided to preserve them. Within the City of Orange lays an even smaller city, Villa Park which is surrounded by the city of Orange. The population of Orange was 139,812 in 2014.
Long ago, members of the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño ethnic groups had inhabited this area for many, many years. After an expedition led by Gaspar de Portolà in 1769, out of San Blas, Nayarit thins changed. Led by Father Junípero Serra, the area was called Vallejo de Santa Ana or Valley of Saint Anne.
In November of the year 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano became the area's first permanent European settlement in Alta California, New Spain.
By the year 1801, a Spanish Empire granted 62,500 acres to José Antonio Yorba, which he then called Rancho San Antonio. Yorba's great rancho included the lands where the current cities of Olive, Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, as well as Tustin, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach stand today. Many of these cities make up what is now Orange County. Smaller ranchos evolved from this larger rancho, one of them was known as the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana.
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