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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  • August 1, 2017
    The mission San Francisco Solano was the northernmost of the 21 missions founded by Fr. Junipero Serra; now a state park. Grandson #1 thought that the grounds were "cool"--especially the fountain and ...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    This is the last of the California missions to be established, but is still a great place to visit to sample California history before the Gold Rush. Other buildings nearby include the barracks and th...  more »
  • July 7, 2017
    The last California Mission built is worth a look! Beautiful architecture and interesting history at Mission San Francisco Solano.  more »
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  • April 28, 2017
    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.
  • June 2, 2017
    Walk thru California's earliest history in a beautifully maintained Mission Outpost.
  • January 27, 2017
    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.
  • May 2, 2017
    Oranges It's a great place to learn about history.
  • March 31, 2017
    If you like learn history, this is the perfect place to learn something about california

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