Los Angeles may be the largest city in America founded by people of African-descent, but another storied city in Los Angeles County also traces its origin to the same founders. Mariá Rita Quinteros Valdez de Villa was the granddaughter of Luis Quintero, a black man and one of the original settlers of Los Angeles. She was born in 1791 to Quintero's daughter, Sebastiana, and her husband, Eugenio Valdez. In 1838, Mariá, widowed a decade earlier to Spanish colonial soldier Vicente Ferrer Villa y Martinez, was deeded the land to be named Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas. The land grant would later become Beverly Hills.