PART THREE: Secularization of the Missions

Lemke, Nancy
January 1996
Missions of the Southern Coast;1996, p52
The early 1800's marked a time of trouble for Spain. Spain had little to spare for its settlements in Alta California. The Franciscan priests no longer relied on New Spain for supplies. Instead the missions depended mainly on goods produced by the neophytes. The settlers and soldiers were frustrated by Spain's economic and political problems. Eventually, the U.S. government moved many Native Americans onto reservations. The U.S. government returned the churches and some of the mission land to the Roman Catholic Church in the 1850's and the 1860's.


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