1771 – The missionary college of San Fernando sends additional Franciscans to Alta California. Net staffing ranges between 17-21 for the next dozen years.
07-14-1771 – Mission San Antonio de Padua is founded in the land of the Salinan people at the native site of Telhaya in the Santa Lucía Mountains, southeast of Monterey.
09-08-1771 – Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is founded along the slopes of the Montebello hills, overlooking the San Gabriel Valley.
Mission San Carlos Borromeo is relocated to the Carmel Valley near the Indian village of Ekheya.