Friday, October 9, 2009

most missions collapsed or were destroyed by earthquakes

"The California Spanish Missions supplied many of the needed goods in early California commerce. The indians provided all of the needed labor to keep the missions functioning as centers of religion and commerce. During the Mexican annexation the missions were stripped of their exclusive rights to own large tracks of land. Many of the missions were quickly abandoned or suffered great loss financially, most missions collapsed or were destroyed by earthquakes or floods over the years. The 21 California Spanish missions are a large part of California's rich history.
Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo was founded by Father Junipero Serra in June 3, 1770. Named for Saint Charles Borromeo of Arona, (Bishop of Milan) Italy (Patron saint of Bishops) and the Carmel River that flows near by.
Father Junipero Serra died peacefully on the 28th of August, 1784 and his remains entombed in the mission. "
From: Monterey County
Picture from: Diana's Gallery

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