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Miehle and Sepulveda Family Papers
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The Sepulveda family played a prominent role in Southern California history and development. The most well-known family branch were the recipients of a 35,000 acre land grant that later became Rancho Palos Verdes. This collection spans 1834-1952 and includes clippings, correspondence, diaries, family and legal documents, maps, and photographs from various members and associates of one of the family branches.
The history of the Sepulveda family in the southern California neighborhood of Palos Verdes begins in 1784 with Juan Jose Dominguez, a soldier with the Spanish military. Dominguez had traveled north from Mexico with the 1769 Spanish Portola Expedition, ordered by King Carlos III of Spain to gain a foothold in the Spanish territory that is present-day California and to replace the expelled Jesuits with Franciscan missionaries. During this expedition, Dominguez and the rest of the fleet provided protection to Junipero Serra as he and other padres established missions stretching from San Diego to Monterey. Once the expedition was completed, Dominguez and his family remained in California, as did Dominguez's lieutenant during the expedition, Pedro Fages.
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