Cerritos is located in the state of California and a suburban city in Los Angeles County. The town was previously known as Dairy Valley because of the dominant numbers of dairy farms and is one of the few towns that constitute the Gateway Cities of the southeastern part of Los Angeles County. The area where the present-day Cerrito stands was inhabited by the Tongva Native Americans, and they were the largest group of Southern California Indians and is the most developed within the region. They lived away from the land and derived food from the plants or animals that could be gathered, hunted, snared, and has been grinding acorns as a staple. The European arrived in the area in the latter part of the 15th century and worked their way to the California coast in 1542.
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