Battle of Providencia

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This article is about the "Second Battle of Cahuenga Pass". For the first, see Battle of Cahuenga Pass.

Battle of Providencia (also called the "Second Battle of Cahuenga Pass") took place in Cahuenga Pass in 1845 on Rancho Providencia in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles, California. Rebellious forces backed by wealthy landowners challenged those of the Mexican government over rule of Alta California.

The conflict[edit]

Alta California, for three centuries a territorial province of Spain, had been under Mexican control since 1821. By the 1840s native born Californios grew angry that the Mexican government continued to choose Mexican-born governors. In 1842, it appointed Manuel Micheltorena, who proved very unpopular. By 1844, a revolt began, culminating in the Battle of Providencia.

In spite of an extensive artillery barrage[1] battle casualties were similarly slight as in the first Battle of Cahuenga Pass, being limited to one horse and one mule.[2]

In the battle's wake Micheltorena withdrew his forces and ceded the governorship to Pío Pico, a 1st generation Californio born at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel in today's San Gabriel.

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Coordinates: 34°10′48″N 118°19′41″W / 34.180°N 118.328°W / 34.180; -118.328