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 named for Saint Francis Solanus. 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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  • The admission for this place when we attended was for this mission the vieljo house which is only a 5 mins drive as well as the peldeum which is a 20 mins drive. It was nice these were all included...  more »
  • Free. A lovely cool distraction from the heat of July. Nice gift shop where I got a great cap. Go upstairs in the barracks for a different view of the square.  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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