"Mission San Antonio de Padua" Jolon by Gwynethart
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Mission San Antonio de Padua was founded 14 July 1771 (3rd in order) by Blessed Junípero Serra. The mission is named for Saint Anthony. The Indian name was Teshhaya, or Sextapay. The mission is largely restored from the rebuilt original. The current site is about three miles from the original mission.
Mission San Antonio de Padua was built where there were already 20 Salinan Indian villages. It produced wine, flour, leather, and whatever else was needed to support the lives of several thousand people.
While many of these indigenous people died from the Europeans' diseases, they are not extinct. The Salinan Nation Gathers annually at Mission San Antonio.
To learn more about Salinan culture, visit this website: Salinan Elders of the Land
The climate here is quite dry and hot, and pomegranates thrive in this "Mediterranean" environment. This fruit was actually brought from the Mediterranean region by Spanish sailors and missionaries soon after Cortez conquered Mexico in 1521. It was a useful fruit on voyages because the hard skin helped keep the fruit fresh longer. The padres of the missions planted the pomegranate trees throughout California.
The walls of the mission are thick adobe. On a very hot day, the interior of the building stays quite cool.
On land that once belonged to William Randolph Hearst, the Mission was part of his hunting game reserve, so he protected it. Later, it was the Hearst Foundation that financed the restoration in 1949. Then, they traded the land with the mission to the U.S. Government.
- Pros:Interesting California history
- In a nutshell:History in beautiful surroundings
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