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As we marvel at the miraculousness of it all, we might recall that it was on this date in 1769 that the La Brea Tar Pits were first noticed by Spanish explorers in what is now known as Los Angeles.  Juan Crespi, a Franciscan friar with the expedition of Gaspar de Portola (the first Spanish governor of the Californias) reported: “The 3rd, we proceeded for three hours on a good road; to the right were extensive swamps of bitumen which is called chapapote. We debated whether this substance, which flows melted from underneath the earth, could occasion so many earthquakes.”  (The English name of the site is redundant, as “La Brea” comes from the Spanish word for “tar.”)

While evidence suggests that prehistoric native Americans used and traded the asphalt, the site is now noted for the fossils found there (first by Professor William Denton in 1875).

A “re-creation” at the La Brea Site (source)

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August 3, 2010 at 12:01 am

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