Father Junipero Serra Statue

Mission San Juan Capistrano. San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano. San Juan Capistrano, California

Father Junipero Serra established Mission San Juan Capistrano on November 1, 1776. The purpose of the Spanish Missions was to make colonial outposts and centers of learning and training of Native peoples. Therefore, they were places where people of two different cultures were connected, who were trying to communicate and were building a community. The padres taught the Native Americans the Spanish language, and a new set of craft skills; although, those centers were also an attempt to convert Native people to catholicism.

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