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Santa Cruz

Page history last edited by wikiuser0012 11 years, 3 months ago

 Where is the mission located?

      The mission is located in Mission Plaza, Santa Cruz.  It was placed here by Father Fermin Lasuen because the land was fertile and the Native Americans could speak with the catholics. 


What group of Indians was living in the area?

There were an extremely wide variety of Native Americans around Santa Cruz.  Approximately forty triblets were in this area when the mission was being founded.



When was the mission established? What order in the mission chain is it?

The mission  is number 12 in the mission chain. It was established on August 28, 1791. 



Who was responsible for starting this mission?

This mission is established by Father Fermin Lasuen.  It was one of the most beautiful places for a mission   



Has the mission moved from its original location?

Yes, it has moved.  The mission was moved to higher ground to avoid floods, but in 1825 it was damaged by an earthquake.



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


  • Chapel: The chapel was used for weddings and ceremonies.  The present day chapel looks like any other church.
  • Bell wall or bell tower: Bell tower has big rectangular prism on bottom, medium in middle, small on top. Each layer contains 1 bell except bottom.
  • Quadrangle: The quadrangle was very large.  It was placed in the middle of two long rectangular buildings.
  • Priests’ quarters:  The priests quarters were at the south end of the workshops, set horizontally.  The workshops are set vertically.
  • Indians’ quarters: The Indian's and Worker's quarters were at the south end of the orchards and a little to the east.
  • Archways: There are no archways visible
  • Fields, grounds, gardens:  The grounds have a few trees, but not much.
  • Outbuildings: The only outbuilding was the worker's quarters.

What materials were used to construct the mission?

Adobe was used to construct the Santa Cruz mission. Stone was also.



What was the main industry of the mission during the Spanish occupation?

The main industry of the mission during the spanish occupation was making grain. They had a granary and a large grain field. 


What, if any, is the main industry of the mission today?

The Santa Cruz mission still today runs a church. here is a picture of the chapel



What was the relationship between the Priests and the Indians?

The priests gave the Indians shelter in the mission. They also made them work, and tried to change the Indians to Catholics.




Is it possible to visit the mission today?

  Yes. It is possible to visit the Santa Cruz mission today. 




Find an image of the floor plan of your mission and include it here: 

Comments (8)

wikiuser0002 said

at 11:58 am on Jun 9, 2009

Check the third to last question, but the visual was nice.

wikiuser0019 said

at 11:58 am on Jun 9, 2009

Good work. I enjoyed it but it needed it a wee bit more detail.

wikiuser0013 said

at 11:58 am on Jun 9, 2009

good job

wikiuser0021 said

at 11:59 am on Jun 9, 2009

Good job. But you should change the outbuilding. Also what is the big blob on our picture?

wikiuser0016 said

at 11:59 am on Jun 9, 2009

nice. I like it.

wikiuser0015 said

at 1:35 pm on Jun 9, 2009

i didn't get to see it but i hear it was great!!!


wikiuser0005 said

at 1:35 pm on Jun 9, 2009

I like it, but I might change the colors.

wikiuser0004 said

at 1:37 pm on Jun 9, 2009

Nice but i would change the colors. =)

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