Manuel Dominguez

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Manuel Dominguez
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Died1882 (aged 77–78)

Manuel Dominguez (1803–1882) was born at Mission San Juan Capistrano, in the colonial Las Californias province of the Spanish Viceroyalty of New Spain (colonial México). He was the heir to the vast Rancho San Pedro land grant in the Los Angeles Basin.[1]

Juan José Domínguez[edit]

Juan José Domínguez (1736-1809) was a Spanish soldier in New Spain. In 1769, with Fernando Rivera y Moncada, he was in the first group that arrived at the site of and founded the Presidio of San Diego in Alta California. Domínguez served with Gaspar de Portolà and Junípero Serra on the Portolà expedition, the first European land exploration of present-day California. It traveled north from San Diego to the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles Basin, San Fernando Valley, Monterey Bay, and San Francisco Bay.

In 1784, Juan José Domínguez received a land grant grazing concession named Rancho San Pedro, 75,000 acres (300 km2) of land and one of the first in California, by the upper Las Californias military Governor Pedro Fages on behalf of King Charles III of Spain. It included what is today the entire Port of Los Angeles; San Pedro, Los Angeles; Harbor City, Los Angeles; Wilmington, Los Angeles; Carson; Compton; the Dominguez Hills; Lomita; the Palos Verdes Peninsula; Redondo Beach; Hermosa Beach; Manhattan Beach; and Torrance.

Cristóbal Domínguez[edit]

Juan José Domínguez died in 1809, and left the rancho to his nephew Cristóbal Domínguez, who died in 1822. His three sons (including his eldest son, Manuel Domínguez) settled on the ranch, building adobe homes.[2]

Manuel Domínguez[edit]

Manuel Domínguez born January 26, 1803 (1803–1882), eldest son of Cristobal Dominguez, is credited with the solidification of the Rancho San Pedro with a new Mexican land grant and with the development of the rancho, and erecting the Dominguez Rancho Adobe as rancho headquarters above the Los Angeles River floodplain in the Dominguez Hills, preserved in present-day Carson. In 1828 Manuel Domínguez was elected to the Pueblo de Los Angeles Cabildo (City Council) under Mexican rule. Four years later, at the age of 29, he was elected Alcalde (Mayor) of the Pueblo de Los Angeles. From 1833 to 1834, Manuel served as a representative from Los Angeles pueblo to the Mexican Provincial Legislature in Alta California's capitol of Monterey. At this same time, he was appointed by the Governor as the Third Prefect of the Southern District of Alta California, which gave Manuel authority over all of present-day Los Angeles and Orange Counties.[3]

Heirs of Manuel Domínguez[edit]

Luis Gonzaga Policarpo Manuel Antonio Fernando Dominguez y Reyes was married to María Engracia de Cota y Nieto, daughter of Rancho Los Cerritos owner Guillermo Cota. Upon Manuel Domínguez's death in 1882, and the passing of his wife one year later, the Rancho San Pedro lands were partitioned among his six surviving children, all daughters.

Name Birth/Death Married Notes
Ana Josefa Juliana Domínguez 1829-1907 William Dryden (1868), Charles E. Guyer (1884)
María Guadalupe Marcelina Domínguez 1830-1913 never married
Manuel Antonio Dominguez (died 1858)
María Dolores Simona Domínguez 1838-1924 James A. Watson Watson Land Company
Jose Antonio Dominguez (circa 1840-1863)
María Victoria Domínguez 1842-1916 George Cady Carson Carson, California
Maria Susana Delfina Domínguez 1844-1931 Gregorio del Amo y Gonzalez Del Amo Boulevard, Del Amo Square
María de los Reyes Domínguez 1847-1933 John Fillmore Francis

See also[edit]


  1. ^ San Diego mission baptismal records
  2. ^ The Rancho San Pedro Collection Archived 2010-06-18 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ John Steven McGroarty, 1921, 'Los Angeles from the Mountains to the Sea', pp699

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