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San Jose

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Where is the mission located?  Mission San Jose is located in present day Freemont.  It is also on the east side of San Francisco bay, and 15 miles north east of San Jose.




What group of Indians was living in the area?  The Coastanoan indians lived in this area.  The Coastonoan are part of the Ohlone tribe.




When was the mission established? What order in the mission chain is it?  Mission San Jose was established on June 11, 1797.  It was the 14th in the mission chain.




Who was responsible for starting this mission?  Father Fermín Lasuén established this mission.  He was a Franciscan missionary and was Father Junipero Serra's successor.



Has the mission moved from its original location?  No, this mission has not moved.  I think this is because it was so successful.




What does the mission look like? Use descriptive words. Address each of the


  • Chapel  The church is made of adobe, tile, and redwood.  It is 126 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 24 feet high.
  • Bell wall or bell tower The bell tower is a low square tower that ajoins the to the left of the entrance.  All four bells are original.
  • Quadrangle  There were two quadrangles.  They are seporated by the workshop.
  • Priests’ quarters  The priest's quarters were simple.  The ground was packed earth or adobe tile.  They slept on cots or a wooden frame with animal hide.
  • Indians’ quarters  There were different quarters for different Indians.  For the unmarried women and girls there was a dormitory like building that was always locked at night.  the young men had a similar dormitory building on the opposite side of the women.  The beds were mats or benches.  The married workers lived with their families.
  • Archways  There are archways in the church and on the exterior.  However, there is one unique wall of arches that is two stories high, and looks roman.
  • Fields, grounds, gardens  The San Jose mission livestock started with 600 head of cattle and a flock of sheep Mission Santa Clara gave as a founding gift.
  • Outbuildings  There are five outbuildings.  There is one lavanderia over the Warm Water Aqueduct, a pair of workers' quarters in the orchards, and another pair of workers' quarters in the vinyards.

What materials were used to construct the mission?  Mission San Jose was constructed with tiles, adobe, redwood, copper, and rock.




What was the main industry of the mission during the Spanish occupation?  The main industry of the missions was to enslave the Indians and make them believe in Christianity.  The priests thought that they were doing the natives a favor, making them work all day and to change religions they already had.




What, if any, is the main industry of the mission today?  Now Mission San Jose is a museum.  There are tours and it is a great place for tourists.




What was the relationship between the Priests and the Indians?  The Priests and the Indians had a hard time getting along.  The locals were not hostile, but it was hard to get them to accept mission life.  Father Durán and Father Fortuni taught the Costonoans how to do carpendry, ropemaking, leather tanning, sewing, weaving, and shoemaking



Is it possible to visit the mission today?  Yes, you can visit this mission today.  Although, it was repaired in 1916 and 1950.





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Comments (12)

wikiuser0019 said

at 8:33 am on Jun 9, 2009

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wikiuser0013 said

at 8:35 am on Jun 9, 2009

great gob :)

wikiuser0016 said

at 8:36 am on Jun 9, 2009

I like your floor plan. You were very descriptive.

wikiuser0019 said

at 8:37 am on Jun 9, 2009

Cool visual!

wikiuser0012 said

at 8:37 am on Jun 9, 2009

Amazing details! Very complete.

wikiuser0021 said

at 8:37 am on Jun 9, 2009

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wikiuser0019 said

at 8:37 am on Jun 9, 2009

I mean the fourteen idea.

wikiuser0011 said

at 8:38 am on Jun 9, 2009

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wikiuser0011 said

at 8:39 am on Jun 9, 2009

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tkeating said

at 8:40 am on Jun 9, 2009

You presented it very well!

wikiuser0002 said

at 8:44 am on Jun 9, 2009

I like how you spoke loudly for everyone to hear, and it was very detailed.

wikiuser0004 said

at 11:20 am on Jun 9, 2009

Good job =)
-Angie =)

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