When most gente think of L.A. Varrios, they think of East Los, Boyle Heights, the San Gra Valle or Central Los Angeles. They would be surprised to know that much of Los Angeles Varrio history actually happened in SOUTH L.A., Although South L.A. has been known primarily for its Black gang activity, there have existed from time ever olden many enclaves of Raza scattered throughout the South Side.
Before the Second World War, many immigrants and Raza Locals were hired by the railroad and the "Red Line" electric car company to lay track and work on the rail lines between Los Angeles and the Port/Harbor Areas of San Pedro + Wilmington and Long Beach. Some workers settled in various areas of South Los Angeles. Here the small markets and businesses catered to the Spanish speaking communities. Many of the Raza Varrios which were spawned before and after the war take their names from the colonias/barrios and streets in this greater South Los area.
Amongst the very olden and greatest!!!
Name derives from their birth grounds around Florence Avenue and the Community of Florence in South Los Angeles.
Florencia allegedly started near Florence and Atlantic and at one old point back in time they’ve actually said to have claimed the whole stretch of Florence Avenue from Inglewood to Santa Fe Springs.
Thus the F13 Varrio got its name from that same Avenue, “Florence Avenue,” which runs east and west, parallel and between Slauson and Firestone Avenues.
Official initials “F13”
Other forms . .
FX3, EFE13, EFEX3, and SSF13
The 13 is meant to signify that FLORENCE was/is CRAZY!
The 13 stood for the letter M in the Alfabeto . .
and M stood for Mota . .
A.k.a. Mariguanos = Locos (Crazies) !!!
“VIVA LA CRAZY FLORENCE” !!!
The Florencia Varrio from the onset has used the "13" in their name, but its original meaning has now morphed to show their strong allegiance to the Mexican Mafia which also adopted the 13 numeral in the Fifties, but in a twisted form of the original letra “eMe” which then went on to signify and stand for the “Mexican Mafia”.
Many early members of the notorious Mexican Mafia were recruited from the Florencia Varrio. All the Varrios from the South L.A. area are veteranos de un chingo de batallas with Black gangs. Often outnumbered by rival Blacks, the local OriGinal South L.A. Varrios like F13 (amongst many others) went on to earn up a reputation for fierceness and this made them prime recruits in the Mexican Mafia's war against Black gang members in the prison system.
Pero serio pedo Holmes . . ALL Raza from whatever Varrio, if they're hard enough, and cling to the old stilo . . can get themselves sponsored and initiated into La eMe. Just like so many Vatos from so many Old Varrios like the Avenues, White Fence, Hazard, y simon, tambien "Maravilla"!!!
F13 history is one that dates back to at least the 1950s, with some even claiming their Varrio dating back to the 1940s.
In the Fifties the F13 Varrio adopted a 1950's Doo-Wop" song, "Florence" by the Paragons, as its theme song. This rolita was said to often be requested and played by DJs like Huggie Boy or Wolfman Jack on the radio to let everybody know Florencia was in town as an implicit challenge to rivals. La Florence rolita was also played at Mexican weddings, quinceañeras, bautismos, y borlos, wherever Florencia Varrio members were present in any numbers.
F13 Homeboys have always been adamant about their allegiance to the South Side, and have refused to claim any other Side no matter where they live or where they set up camp. They have always claimed South Side and never ever any other L.A. Side!
They are a very large Varrio and have many klikas throughout South Side Los Angeles and the South East Side, stretching from East Sur Centro, Huntington Parque and Florence onto South Gate, Paramonte, Downey, Bellflower and beyond.
Florencia tambien tiene un chingo de klikas outside of L.A.County, mainly towards Orange County where they may be the largest L.A. Varrio claiming terrenos y calles en el Condado de Orange.
They also have cliques in Las Vegas and in other towns and cities of the U.S.A. in particular on the West Coast from Oregon and Oakland, down to Sur Califas and even Tijuas where they have numerous Vatos claiming eFe 13 all over the Colonias (Neighborhoods). They are also said to be amongst the largest L.A. Varrio in Mexico City (the biggest city in the whole wide world) where they are neighbored and rivaled by other transplant L.A. Varrios like Dieciocho y La Mara Salvatrucha.
F13 like so many other L.A. Varrios in the last 2 or 3 decades (80s and 90s), they have cliqued up (incorporated) other Gangs and Krews into their ranks. These Krews and others have not only served to swell up their membership, but give testimony to the strength and power that F13 exerts all around the grounds.
F13 has traditionally beefed against any Varrio from the West Side, especially and particularly Barrio Eighteen STreet. Florencia and 18ST have long been rivals but the situation got worse when 18ST, a West Side Varrio started a South Side clique which consolidated ground and grew in numbers in South L.A. around the late 80s.
Florencia 13 has always been and continues to be one of the biggest Varrios in all of L.A. and they have kept up a reputation for being one of hardest Varrio throughout the years tambien.
SOUTH SIDE LOCOS
RUNNING THE STREETS FROM THE FIFTIES TO THE OCHENTAS
57TH, 62ND, 64TH, 66TH, 67TH, 68TH, 75TH, 81ST, 84TH, 85TH, 87TH Y MAS!!
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