Santa Clara de Asís was founded on January 12, 1777 and was the first mission in California to honor a female saint, Saint Claire of Assisi, a 13th century Italian nun. Also known as Mission Santa Clara, this mission is the site of the first and oldest university in California, Santa Clara University, which was founded in 1851.
Although ruined and rebuilt six times , the settlement was never abandoned, and today it functions as the university chapel for Santa Clara University.
Mission Santa Clara Dè Asís had a church. The Indians did have free time. Daily Schedule- 7:00 am bells rang,12:00pm to 2:00pm they ate a meal and took a nap, 3:00pm they went back to work, 5:00pm prayers and devotions, 6:00pm dinner and free time, 8:00pm bedtime for women, 9:00pm bedtime for men.
The Spanish Viceroy Bucareli’s grand design intended Mission Dolores (and its Presidio) to protect the mouth of San Francisco Bay while Mission Santa Clara was to anchor the South Bay receiving goods and services meant for the new Pueblo of San Jose. The South Bay Area was an excellent location for a mission.
Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of several high-tech companies such as Intel. It is also home to Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of California, which was built around Mission Santa Clara de Asís.
At the mission, there were more than 50,000 cattle and sheep . They had 1,300 goats, 300 pigs, and almost 2,000 horses.
It was completed 2 1/2 years later, in May 1784. Unlike the two previous temporary churches, which were built of wood, the permanent church was an imposing adobe structure 100 feet long , 22 feet wide and 20 feet high.
After church the natives went to work plowing fields, raising livestock, and fishing for dinner. They also made bricks, olive oil, leather goods , pottery, weaving, and wine.
July 5, 1852
Fight For Santa Clara
Father Fermín Lasuén
Mission San Jose is located in Fremont California near San Jose in the South Bay Area. This mission was completed and founded in 1797 and was the 14th mission established […]