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Mission Santa Cruz

Mission Santa Cruz

Quilt Design and images Copyright by Susan Plack 1999

Mission Santa Cruz was the smallest of all the missions. Because of constant misfortune, the padre of the mission never increased the population to more than 500. The mission was harassed by nearby settlers of the pueblo, who stole livestock and moved in on the property. In 1818 the pirate Bouchard appeared offshore scaring the Indians and the padre, who fled to Soledad. When the padre fled the settlers looted the mission doing more damage than the pirate could have done.

In 1931 a small replica (half the size) of the mission was built 200 ft. from the original site. This museum is the mission design that you see here.

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