La Purísima Concepción

Native Americans of La Purísima Concepción

La Purisima was the fourth mission located in the land of the Chumash people, who occupied the land from Malibu Canyon to San Luis Obispo (over 150 miles). The pre-European Chumash population is estimated to have been as high as 15,000. The majority of the Chumash willingly became neophytes, and "by the early 1800s, the entire Chumash population, with the exception of those who had fled into the mountains and inland valleys, had come into the mission system, which ended their way of life" according to Indian Scholar Campbell Grant.

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