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definition of california mission?

what is a mission

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  • 9 years ago
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    A mission is an important assignment. It stems from the Latin word missio and mittere meaning send, and was first used in the 16th century to denote the sending of the Holy Spirit into the world.

    The Californian Missions were sent out by the Spanish for the "Catholic Church" (Universal Church), to spread Faith and improve the lives of the Native Americans. The missionaries brought to California livestock, crops and flowers from Europe and South America, as well as building the 600 mile highway connecting the missions called the "El Camino Real" (The Kings Highway). They did meet resistance from the Natives and also occasionally the Church and European Governments.

    So essentially the California Mission was a "development plan" by the Spanish to improve the California region - bringing the word of God and developing economic practices like cropping and trade routes.

    Source(s): Oxford Dictionary
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  • 9 years ago

    A mission, in this sense, is a place established in California by the Order of Friars Minor, otherwise known as the Franciscans since they follow the rule of St Francis. As the Spanish were busy gobbling up California the Franciscans followed along with them to provide spiritual ministrations. I the course of all this the Franciscans established a group of missions along the way. The missions contained a church, a house for the friars, various dwellings for the local Indians who had been "converted" to Roman Catholicism, a farm, a barn. cattle and sheep, etc etc. The California Missions which still exist are quite splendid and many of them are still used as places of worship. The missions date from the 16th and 17th centuries.

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