The Battle of the Chesapeake Capes

On September 5, 1781, one of the most important battles in the history of the US was fought, without any Americans.  The Battle of the Chesapeake Capes in Virginia was fought by the French Navy, aided by Spanish funds and logistical support.  This naval victory prevented reinforcements from reaching the British who were soon trapped at the Battle and Siege of Yorktown, Virginia, in October 1781.  This Siege, financed in large part by the Spanish and Cubans, was the final battle of the American Revolutionary War, and forced the British to the negotiating table.

Founding of Los Angeles 1781

Originally christened as “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula”, the city of Los Angeles was founded by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve and 44 Spanish settlers on September 4, 1781.  Los Angeles became part of Mexico in 1821, and was later taken by the US in 1848 in the settlement of the Mexican American War.  Today, the bustling metropolis of 3.9 MM people is about 48% Latino.