PART THREE: Secularization of the Missions

White, Tekla N.
January 1996
Missions of San Francisco Bay Area;1996, p52
In the 1820s and 1830s, Mexico feared that other countries were planning to take over Alta California. To discourage foreign settlement, Mexican officials tried to increase the number of Mexicans in the region. They wanted to settle them along the coast, the Franciscan missions owned the land most suited to farming and ranching. So the Mexican government began to pass laws to take the large tracts of mission property away from the Franciscans. The land could then be parceled out to Californios, including new Mexican settlers. INSETS: I Am Alone;A Stranger's House.


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