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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  • We dried out from the wine for a day and enjoyed learning about where this town came from - the Mission was the place to start. Great history and very informative  more »
  • I had a tour by "Gordie"; well versed Docent volunteer. This is a Mission great to see, because it is in better repair than some others I was told. Also, other activities nearby make it worthwhile.  more »
  • We did the quick version of the tour as part of our walking tour in the square and got an education in the process. We did not know the history of the Russian Rover Valley which was enlightening. Take...  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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