Mission San Diego de Alcalá

Mission San Diego de Alcalá, California, Church

500 years ago nobody wanted the stretch of land known today as California. No Europeans, anyway. For hundreds of years the Spanish knew of the area but didn’t care to settle there. It wasn’t until King Carlos III learned that Russian seal hunters were operating on the Pacific Coast that he felt compelled to claim for Spain what it had never previously desired.

To give his military conquest religious cover, King Carlos III ordered the Franciscan Friars stationed in the Baja missions of New Spain (Mexico) to lead the expedition; accompanied by an armed escort, of course. On July 16, 1769, Father Serra launched the California mission system by establishing Mission San Diego de Alcalá near the bay. 

Six years later this first mission of California experienced a tragic first of its own when some 600 Native Americans stormed the compound and killed Father Jayme. Known as the first Christian martyr of California, Father Jayme remains interred beneath the alter of Mission San Diego de Alcalá.

Mission San Diego de Alcalá Garden, California, Church, Sun flare

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6 Comments on “Mission San Diego de Alcalá”

  1. Honie Briggs February 22, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Very interesting. I want to research this a bit further. Nice shot.

  2. LuAnn February 22, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    We visited this beautiful mission last year, along with several others. Lovely photos. :)

  3. arleenhurtado February 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    This is great! I love reading about your travels and this is in my own backyard!!

  4. Raed Al-Jawad February 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    I liked the intro. I had the chance to photo shooting this place last year. Check my photos if you are interested.

    http://mycamerajournal.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/the-california-missions-trail-mission-san-diego-de-alcala-1st-mission-1769/

  5. Arizona girl February 28, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    I just love San Diego! You got some great shots while there!

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