Pio Pico Elementary
History of Name
Pio Pico - Last Governor of Mexican California
Pio de Jesus Pico (1801-1894) was born at the Mission San Gabriel to one of the earliest families in Los Angeles. Ethnically, being of African, Indian and European descent, he foreshadowed the diverse ethnic quilt of the future Los Angeles.
Pico was the last governor of Mexican Alta California before its surrender and final absorption into the United States. His terms as governor were for a very brief period in 1832 and again from March 1845 to July 1846. As governor of Alta California, he moved the provincial capital to Los Angeles. One of the key events during his administration was the finalization of the secularization of California’s missions.
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