Visit the Missions
The Library of Congress, National Park Service and Historic American Buildings Survey unite in celebrating the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans and their indelible mark on our nation's society and history. The Spanish missionary enterprise that flourished in Texas and California in the 18th century grew out of a rich tradition that had evolved over centuries of conquest and colonization. As ordered by the Spanish crown, these missions, primarily staffed by the Franciscan Order, were tasked with converting the indigenous peoples of the area to Christianity.

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Mission Church at Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA, 1866

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Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) San Antonio, TX, After 1933

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Mission San José Alameda County, CA c.1866

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Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo: Church San Antonio, TX After 1933

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Mission San Juan: Old Spanish Bells Monterey County, CA 1866

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Mission San Juan de Capistrano San Antonio, TX After 1933

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Mission Santa Clara: First Site Santa Clara, CA c.1907

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Mission Senora de la Purisima Concepcion: Church San Antonio, TX After 1933

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