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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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  • If you don't know much about the history of the Roman Catholic missions in California you will learn a lot by taking a leisurely tour of this mission. It's geared more towards adults than children who...  more »
  • We drove to Sonoma for the day, and as we can never pass up a Mission, even though we've visited it many times before, we had to stop in again. We were there May 8th, and the grounds were covered with...  more »
  • This is the last mission built. It does not have much as far as relics. The court yard is also minimal. It still is a must see for anyone interested in California history.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Walk thru California's earliest history in a beautifully maintained Mission Outpost.
  • 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.
  • Oranges It's a great place to learn about history.
  • If you like learn history, this is the perfect place to learn something about california

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