Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma

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Mission · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Many people do not know that this is the last Spanish Mission in California and the northern extent of the Spanish (and Mexican) rule.  more »
  • The last of the missions on the Camino Real. This is where California became part of the USA. I wonder how many people know the history of expansionism in the US? A must visit, beautiful!  more »
  • This was very interesting.. learned history I wasn't aware of. Liked seeing the exposed mud wall. A pleasant walk to the other buildings in the area that were all apart of the same state park
  • Not a lot to see, but historically important as the last mission on the el camino real. Part of the town history too and a cute town.

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