San Luis Rey Mission

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Located just of the 76, or Tony Zeppetella, highway in southern California is the home of the 18th Spanish mission, Mission San Luis Rey de Fancia. This is one of the most southern missions in California, aside from Mission San Diego de Alcala. This mission was founded by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen in 1789, and it was named after St. Louis XI, the King of France. This mission had undergone several of the stages seen in the average Californian historical landmarks and buildings. As discussed in class, California’s architecture and culture was influenced by several different groups during its developing centuries, these are the groups and cultures that influenced the mission as noted by the official Old San Luis Rey Mission website: Luiseño …show more content…

When the Mission was under control of Friar Fray Peyri, the natives were forced into working and doing the strenuous activities that they did not sign up for. Mission San Luis Rey is noted to be the mission to have the most convert or neophytes, but it is not listed as to how many voluntarily converted or were forced to for labor (California Missions Resource Center). As seen in our textbook, many natives were forced to convert by soldiers and other threats. Though not noted through the website, the natives in the southern regions of California were far more hostile towards the missions than the others. In the previous years before the Mission San Luis Rey was even founded as an official mission, the destruction of the San Diego Mission occurred due to the native uprising against the Spanish forces invading their land. However, according to Father Junipero Serra, the natives were by far in the wrong with their actions to destroy the mission (Chan/Olin, 60). This argument is obviously one sided, but if the website for the San Luis Rey Mission mentioned the fact that the natives sometimes did not like the fact that they were being taken over by a force that merely controlled them with guns, it would most definitely affect their tourist income in numbers. In addition, the mission website is less likely to mention the fact that there were punishments for those natives who did reject the work or conversion to Catholicism. As mention in Francis F. Guest’s essay, “Cultural Perspectives on Death and Whipping in the Missions”, there were many instances in which the punishments for natives was excessive and superfluous. “There is incontrovertible testimony that delinquent Indians were whipped, sometimes excessively, by the padres”

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