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Missions of Northern California


Quilt design and images copyright by Susan Plack, 2000

This quilt is a work in progress. Click on the links below to see the individual blocks.

Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo
Mission San Juan Bautista
Mission Santa Cruz
Mission Santa Clara de Asis
Mission San Jose

Coming Soon:

Mission San Francisco de Asis - Delores
Mission San Raphel Arcangel
Mission San Francisco Solano

A special thank you goes out to Michael, Leah and Jesse for stopping at each and every Mission up and down the state of California, just to take a photo.

About the Missions:
The California Mission system began in 1769, when Father Junipero Serra founded his first mission in San Diego.  The mission system was created to settle the lands of California for the Spanish, and to convert the natives to the Catholic faith. 

New laws were created that gave the natives protection from travelers.  The natives were to live in communities where they could be self governed, not live as slaves, and be instructed in the Catholic Faith.  The Indians were not to live outside of these communities and the Spaniards were to stay no more than three days at a time.  It was with these guidelines that the missions of California were founded. The missions of “Lower California” were founded by the Jesuits. The job of moving the mission system into "Upper California" was given to the Franciscans, who were more willing to settle the missions under Spanish rule.  Father Junipero Serra spearheaded the drive north. 

Ultimately the missions were to be settled a days ride apart (about 30 miles or so), so that the traveler would have safe places to stop on his way to the land of “milk and honey” in the north.

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