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The California Missions

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  1. The California Missions • El Canimo Realtraditionally refers to the 650 mile long trail that links the 21 missions, two pueblos and four presidios from San Diego to Sonoma. • Between 1683 and 1834, Spanish missionaries established a series of religious outposts throughout the present-day State of California and the Baja Peninsula.

  2. California Missions, 1769 - 1840 • California’s 21 Spanish missions make up some of the State’s richest historical landmarks. • They stretch 650 miles along the El Camino Real (101 FWY.)from San Diego to San Francisco. • These missions were begun in 1769 by Father Juniper Serra. • The missions provided a safe heavens for people traveling through the untamed California in the early 19th century. • The Missions also provides an exceptional insight into it’s Spanish heritage.

  3. Mission San Diego de Alcala • California’s 1st Mission on July 16, 1769. • In the summer of 1776 the reconstruction of the mission began after an Indian attack of the previous year. • Mission San Diego de Alcala was the only of the 21 Missions to be attacked by Native Americans. • The earthquakes of the early 1800’s destroyed most of the mission. • By the 1920’s the campanario and the baptistry were the only walls that remained standing.

  4. Mission San Francisco de Asis • The sixth California Mission built in October 9, 1776. • Known locally as Mission Dolores is the oldest intact building in San Francisco. • The Gold Rush caused this small town to be know to the rest of the Nation.

  5. Mission San Fernando Rey de España • This Mission was founded on September 8, 1797 and it ‘s the 17th mission in order. • Mission San Fernando was the fourth mission founded in three months by Father Lasuén to close the gap in El Camino Real . • It became a popular stop for travelers. • It became known as the famous “long building” of El Camino Real. • The 1812 earthquake and the digging for gold nearly caused much of the mission to fall into disrepair. • The very long convento wing which was used as a rest home during Spanish times is now a museum. • San Fernando Mission became a church again in 1923.

  6. Mission San Juan Capistrano • Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded by Father Juniper Serra in 1776. • It is the seventh mission. • Referred to as “The Jewel of the Missions”. • The construction of the mission was delayed because of the attacks in San Diego, which caused the death of a priest. • The most famous feature of the mission are the swallows who return every year in March. • After only six years an earthquake destroyed the church and the bell tower.

  7. Mission Santa Barbara • Mission Santa Barbara was the 10th mission in the California mission chain in 1784. • This mission was constructed after Father Serra’s death. • It is known as “The Queen of Missions.” • It sits high on a hill overlooking the city and the Pacific Ocean. • During the first few years, there were a total of three churches built, each larger than the previous one. • The only California Mission with two similar towers (87 ft. tall). • The appearance of the inside of the church as not changed since 1820.

  8. Mission La PurisimaConcepcion • Mission La Purisima was founded on December 8, 1787 the 11th in order. • The mission is named for The Immaculate Concepcion of Mary the Most Pure. • The current mission is a restoration of portions of the 1812 earthquake. • It is a State Historical Park and is one of the most complete and authentic restorations of any of the California Missions. • The church and its cemetery yard have been kept its original color. • The Chumash Indians roamed this lands.

  9. Mission San GabrielArcangel • Mission San Gabriel was founded in 1771, only two years after the discovery of San Gabriel Valley. • The fourth in California. • After the rule of California passed from Spain to Mexico, the Mexican government in 1883 secularized the mission lands and awarded them to individuals. • The Mission was built of cut stone, brick and mortar. • Located along the well-traveled trails by travelers from Mexico to Alto California. • Later connecting the eastern United States with the west coast. • Architectually, it unique among the California Missions. • It produced more wheat than any other mission as well as large crops of corn and beans.