120 min Feature Film / 4 Episodes x 45 min I Docu-Drama
In 1768, Spain began the "Sacred Expedition", with Fray Junipero Serra and Captain José de Portolá, to establish Presidios and Misiones in Alta California despite the rejection of the natives.
In 1775, the soldier José Vicente Feliz joins the Anza expedition to capture California. He brought his children and wife, who dies on the way. Thus he settled with his children in the mission of San Gabriel.
The governor, Felipe De Neve, founded San José and ordered José Vicente Feliz to go to the San Juan Capistrano mission. José rejects him, for the tranquility of his children in San Gabriel. The government takes away your military retirement benefits.
In 1779, Governor De Neve wants to found a town near San Gabriel, but Spain goes to war. José Vicente Feliz looks for a place to leave with his children, but De Neve manages to continue with El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles. He sends Fernando Rivera and Moncada to recruit settlers in Sinaloa and Sonora, Mexico, and José Vicente Feliz to enlist to prepare and control the settlement 9 miles from the mission.
With everyone ready to leave Mexico, the villagers cross the Sea of Cortez and then walk to San Gabriel, trying to avoid the smallpox pandemic. The military goes all over the land, through Arizona.
De Neve draws up plans and regulations for the settlement, with his 4 soldiers as custodians of the new town. Corporal José Vicente Feliz in front, assisted by the other 3, also in charge of negotiating peace with the local tribes.
The first settlers arrive in San Gabriel on June 9, 1781, making them camp 2 miles from the mission, quarantined for smallpox, all in charge of José Vicente Feliz, the only one who takes the risk.
With the lands and assets already laid out for installation, De Neve receives tragic news. Rivera and Moncada and the soldiers coming through Arizona, were annihilated by the Yuma Indians. Counting only with José Vicente Feliz and his 3 soldiers, they instruct the rules to the Settlers, 23 adults and 21 children. Only 2 were white, 26 African and 16 mestizo, a mixture of Spanish and Indian. The Rodríguez, Montero, Navarro, Camero Moreno, Rosas, Villavicencio, Venegas, Velazco, Rojas and Mesa families, in records.
In September, De Neve, settlers, soldiers, and some missionaries founded Los Angeles.
They distribute goods and tools, and they set about finishing trenches, building shelters and corrals, all on loan from the king. De Neve must go to the site of the Yuma attack and leave José Vicente Feliz appointed Commissioner.
In campaign, De Neve is promoted and redeployed. His replacement Pedro Fages arrives in Los Angeles, in order under José Vicente Feliz. However, the town begins to have misalignments. The Velasco and Lara family, and the Quintero family are declared unfit and officially expelled, losing land, shares and government benefits. This agitates the people and cases of violation of urban and moral rules arise, requiring justice, instruction and isolation, with José Vicente Feliz as the first prosecutor.
In April 1784, Francisco de Ortega de Santa Bárbara, visits Los Angeles to inspect José Vicente Feliz, but praises his operation. Even so, the Navarrese villager tries to reveal the town, but is later apprehended intimate with Tomasa García, Manuel Camero's wife. They lock him up in town and he's sent to the Monterey court. Abuses of aborigines and property that José Vicente Feliz must face in order to order and execute justice also flourish.
News of the death Felipe De Neve and Father Junipero Serra bring more changes to Los Angeles.
Fages asks the King of Spain for permission to start the Ranch Period, giving land titles to settlers and military personnel as a promised reward and incentive for colonizing, and for their services rendered.
Given this, the still commissioner José Vicente Feliz tries to obtain forgiveness of his punishment of 1770, to obtain some land, before his imminent retirement due to age. The codes oppose his request, despite the intercession of Governor Fages.
Desperate, José Vicente Feliz thinks about plans with his children to seek a future in another town. But just in time, a change arrives thanks to the joint request of the villagers.
For serving since the Anza expedition, the creation of the town, and being called by the settlers, El Padre De Los Angeles, finally José Vicente Feliz receives 6,677 acres from the government in an area west of the town, which was called Rancho de Los Feliz, where today there is the Town of Los Feliz, within the City of Los Angeles, the Land of Dreams.