Please identify the ranchos that were established by the missions.

Not all of what we refer to as ranchos were fully developed complexes. Some had buildings,others were fields and vineyards. In his extensive book Missions and the Frontiers of Spanish America, Dr. Robert Jackson lists some of the known ranchos in the extensive Building Chronologies he includes in the book. The ranchos he identifies are listed below with the mission with which they were associated following in brackets:

  1. Valle de San Luis (San Diego)
  2. Rancho San Benito (San Antonio de Padua)
  3. Rancho San Antonio de los Ajitos (San Antonio de Padua)
  4. Rancho San Miguelito (San Antonio de Padua)
  5. Rancho San Bartolome (San Antonio de Padua)
  6. Ranchol San Bernardino (San Gabriel)
  7. Rancho de la Playa (San Luis Obispo)
  8. Santa Margarita (San Luis Obispo). Well documented
  9. Rancho Arroyo Grande (San Luis Obispo)
  10. Rancho San Miguelito (San Luis Obispo)
  11. San Pedro y San Pablo (San Francisco). Well documented.
  12. Rancho San Antonio (La Purisima)
  13. Rancho Refugio (Santa Cruz)
  14. Rancho San Simeon (San Miguel)
  15. Rancho Asusncion (San Miguel)
  16. Rancho Aguage (San Miguel)
  17. Rancho San Franciso Xavier (San Fernando)
  18. San Antonio de Pala (San Luis Rey). This is sometimes called an asistencia but this was not the term used in contemporary documents. Pala is about 25 miles inland from San Luis Rey. The historic chapel has been restored and is well worth visiting.
  19. Los Flores (San Luis Rey). Well documented.

Fr. Englehardt's books on each mission contain additional information and list certain other ranchos.

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