Santa Cruz - History

History of Santa Cruz

Mission Santa Cruz was founded September 25, 1791, although Father Fermín Lasuén, who selected the actual site, was not able to be present at the dedication. The event, of considerable importance to Northern Californians, was attended by the Franciscan Fathers …

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Santa Cruz - Brief History

Brief History of Santa Cruz

As early as 1774 a Franciscan padre traveled north along the beach from Carmel, and located the site for Mission Santa Cruz at the other end of crescent Monterey Bay. He came to the mouth of a fine river, noted …

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Mission Santa Cruz

Mission Santa Cruz

Mission Santa Cruz, located in Santa Cruz on the coast, was the twelfth mission in the chain. It was founded on August 28, 1791. Although started in favorable conditions, a series of misfortunes prevented Mission Santa Cruz from real success and prosperity. …

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