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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.

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