California Mission Churches

The Alta California Missions supplied many of the needed
goods in early California commerce. The indians provided
all of the needed labor to keep the missions functioning as
centers of religion and commerce. During the Mexican
annexation the missions were stripped of their exclusive
rights to own large tracks of land. Many of the missions
were quickly abandoned or suffered great loss financially,
most missions collapsed or were destroyed by
earthquakes or floods over the years. The 21 Alta California
Missions are a large part of California's rich history.
Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo 1770
Mission San Antonio de Padua