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The Missions of California Series

"Highly Recommended. This is an excellent study of California's historic missions." -CIVC Index
California's 21 missions are the state's most visited historical landmarks. This series, shot entirely on location, offers viewers the complete story of the missions and their impact on the state's development. Click for more

14. The Spirit of a Mission: San Jose

14. The Spirit of a Mission: San Jose

JOEY Award of Excellence -San Jose Film Commission
Mission San Jose, the 14th of California's 21 Spanish Missions, was founded on June 11, 1797, by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen, and helped secure Spain's claim to the land while its padres taught the native people Christianity and the Spanish way of life. The only mission on the east side of San Francisco Bay, the mission's site had been inhabited for generations by the Ohlone Indians. This program offers an in-depth study of the mission while examining the interaction of the clashing cultures. We learn how the mission was one of the most prosperous of all the California Missions, becoming the center of industry and agriculture with livestock roaming mission lands from present day Oakland to San Jose. However, its prosperity did not last and secularization by the Mexican government brought an end to the mission system. An earthquake in 1865 ruined the original church and it wasn't until June 11, 1985, that construction was completed on a replica of the original mission. Some people mistakenly call this Mission San Jose de Guadalupe, but records prove that the true name is Mission San Jose in honor of the patron, Saint Joseph. *Produced by Wohlmut Media Services. 03/11DE IJSCA 30 min.
Also See: San Francisco; USA: San Francisco - City by the Bay; USA: Northern California; Adventure 7: USA - California & Las Vegas

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