California Mission San Juan Capistrano, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful of the 21 California Missions. Teachers can travel to this or any other mission to complete the requirements for one of my most popular courses, SOC 906 California Missions 1769 - Secularization. Here is some information about Mission San Juan Capistrano:
- This mission was founded on November 1, 1776.
- Mission San Juan Capistrano was named after Giovanni da Capistrano.
- The mission was returned to the Catholic Church in 1865 by Abraham Lincoln. It is not owned by the Diocese of Orange operating under a non-profit.
- Mission San Juan Capistrano is the 7th of the 21 missions.
- 10 acres is the amount of land the mission is on.
- It is called the "Jewel" of the Missions because of the Great Stone Church which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1812.
- People are drawn to this mission because of the Swallows that return every spring on their way north.
Consider taking SOC 906 California Missions 1769 - Secularization to learn more about the 21 California Mission's founding, economics, American Indians, music, architecture, restoration and much more. Sign up for this course here. Or consider one of my other California history courses about the Gold Rush, the Mother Lode, Historic Capital: Monterey, Historic Los Angeles, California Reflecting America, Agriculture: Past, Present, and Future, or CCSS Curriculum Mapping.