California Missions Timeline
- 1768-1770 Founding Period
- 1771-1775 Early Years of Struggle
- 1776-1784 Significant Expansion
- 1785-1799 Mission System Firmly Established
- 1800-1820 Prosperity and Portents of Change
- 1821-1832 Independent Mexican Territory
- 1833-1838 Secularization of Missions
- 1839-1845 Land of the Californios
- 1846-1853 Complex Struggle for Control
To prevent possible occupation by the English or Russians, Alta California is finally settled in a five-part expedition that nearly fails...
The San Carlos, a sixty-four-foot packet boat with 62 persons aboard, sets sail from San Blas bound for San Diego on January 9, 1769...
Three more missions are founded but the new colony is heavily dependent on supplies from New Spain. Conversion of the Indians proceeds slowly...
The first mission in the land of the Chumash people, San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, is founded...