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Mission San Juan Capistrano was known as the “Jewel” of the missions. It was first founded on October 30, 1775 by Father Serra. It had to be founded again on November 1, 1776 because the Mission was abandoned from fear of native attacks. It was the seventh mission founded in Alta California and was named after Saint John of Capestrano.

In __________, Mission ________________ was built in what is today called _____________________. It is located halfway between Mission San Diego de Alcala and Mission San Gabriel Arcangel in the San Juan Valley. It is several miles away from the coast. Today it is in the city of San Juan Capistrano. The Mission building today is not the same as it was when it was first built in 1775. Originally, a chapel and some shelters were built with wood. Later, Friars, soldiers, and the Acagchemem Indians used both wood and adobe bricks to build a church, living quarters, storage rooms, a weaving room, and carpentry and blacksmithing shops. There were also special areas for soapmaking and candlemaking, as well as wells. It was set up like a quadrangle and had many arches. In 1806, a stonemason finished building a larger church in the shape of a cross. A huge earthquake in 1812 destroyed the church and bell tower. The rest of the buildings were later damaged by floods and neglect. The location of Mission San Juan Capistrano was perfect for working with the Acagchemem tribe.

The Acagchemem tribe was the main tribe around Mission San Juan Capistrano. Before they lived at the Mission, they wore little or no clothing during the summer months. Women wore skirts made out of hides, grass, or bark. They ate many things that they hunted and gathered, like acorns, deer, berries, and seaweed. At the Mission, they ate atole, a cereal of corn or grain, and pozole, a barley soup with vegetables and sometimes meat. They did many different things at the Mission, including making soap, candles, and clothes. The men took care of cattle, sheep, and goats and farmed wheat, vegetables, and grapes. Every day they would go to Mass and sometimes they had a fiesta or did traditional ceremonies. Life was very busy at the Mission!

In 1834 the mission system ended in California, and Mission San Juan Capistrano was handed over to the natives. It was known as a “pueblo de indios”, an Indian city. But the land, livestock, and buildings were still sold off without the natives’ permission, and so many natives left. In 1865, Mission San Juan Capistrano was given back to the Catholic Church. It was in ruins, but because of its good location different groups started to restore it. Restoration efforts started in 1895 and today you can see the Mission the way it used to look when it was first built. It became a popular tourist spot by the 1940s. Today it is a historical site; people still go to church there and there is even a school.

In conclusion, Mission San Juan Capistrano is a mission with an interesting past. I have been able to visit this mission several times and am amazed at the crumbling walls that still stand from the earthquake. (I have not had the opportunity to visit this mission, but I hear it is __________). I was surprised to learn that the mission was attacked by pirates in 1818. The natives who lived at the mission had their lives changed forever and learned new skills. Mission San Juan Capistrano is an important part of Spanish California history.