Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma

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Mission San Francisco Solano was the 21st, last and northernmost mission in Alta California. It was the only mission built in Alta California after Mexico gained independence from Spain. The difficulty of its beginning demonstrates the confusion resulting from that change in governance. The California Governor wanted a robust Mexican presence north of the San Francisco Bay to keep the Russians who had established Fort Ross on the Pacific coast from moving further inland. A young Franciscan friar from Mission San Francisco de Asis wanted to move to a location with a better climate and access to a larger number of potential converts.The Mission was successful given its short eleven year life but was smaller in number of converts and with lower productivity and diversity of industries than the older California missions.The mission building is now part of the Sonoma State Historic Park and is located in the city of Sonoma, California.
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  • In the middle of Sonoma is the Mission San Francisco Solano, which is one of California's historic missions. It may not be as big or ornate as some of the others, but it certainly holds its place in h...  more »
  • The Mission is in pristine condition and the historical panels are extremely informative and well done. The chapel is very nice and the courtyard under the olive trees very peaceful.  more »
  • This was the 21st and last mission built. I have been visiting these missions for a while now - hoping to visit them all. It is an item on my bucket list. This mission is rather small in comparison to...  more »
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  • Beautiful place I really loved it If you can visit this contemporary place do it and you’ll see how wonderful it is Enjoy !!!!!
  • Love Spanish Mexican history. Great old church
  • Great place to find out early history of California's northern most Mission and Bear Flag revolt. Been visiting this off and on for many years.
  • Spent Christmas morning walking the grounds with my daughter. We peeked into windows and talked about what it was like to live here 150 years ago. Secret location of my favorite fruit. If you find it, drop me a note.
  • Walk thru California's earliest history in a beautifully maintained Mission Outpost.

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