The Old Spanis and Mexican Ranchos Travel Advertising Poster


Genre: Travel
Artist: Gerald A. Eddy
Year Printed: 1937
Size: 18" x 20.25"
Country of Poster: Unknown
Restoration Detail: Unrestored
Grade: Very Fine
Additional Information: Original vintage poster: The Old Spanish and Mexican Ranchos of Los Angeles. Artist is: Gerald A Eddy. This map is printed on a thicker parchment style paper and has age foxing in the 1" outter border of this poster. A 1" boarder is around the entire image. Master image in very good condition. Date: 1937 The lower left has a banner insert indicating that this poster was prepared and copyrighted by The Title Insurance and Trust Company, Los Angeles. The image has an old sailing schooer, flying fish, whatles and a sea horse in the Pacific Ocean area of the map. The right corner has farmes with oxen pulling an old wooden cart with women, being lead by a monk. Many small details in this maps makes it an interesting and historic study. A must for a California map collector. Cal Berkeley’s history department explains further: At the time of Spanish colonization in California, all land title was vested in the Spanish Empire by virtue of discovery. Private land claims in California emanated from the Spanish. And later Mexican, governments practice of granting sovereign lands to private individuals. When the presidios and pueblos were being established, the commandants of the presidios and the Alcaldes of the pueblos were given the authority to grant lots of land within their jurisdiction. From these presidial and pueblo lots evolved the granting of lands outside of these jurisdictions. These grants of land are known as Rancho Grants, and were granted in order to encourage agriculture and industry, reward soldiers. And to provide for settlers who held no property. These land grants were limited to a maximum size of eleven square leagues, most were smaller and a few were larger. The Spanish government required the compliance of the following four steps for the granting of rancho lands. Of the 800-plus rancho grants made, the Spanish government granted approximately 30. The remainder were granted by the Mexican Government. Additional note: 1866: Rancho Los Cerritos is sold to Thomas and Benjamin Flint and their cousin, Lewellyn Bixby (Flint, Bixby & Company); eventually, Lewellyn Bixby’s family assumes ownership of all companies held by Flint, Bixby & Company. Property is managed by Lewellyn’s brother, Jotham Bixby.

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