Mission San Jose’

In 1797 George Washington turned the Presidency of the United States over to John Adams who had just defeated Thomas Jefferson in the election. At the other side of the continent, which wouldn’t be duly “explored” by Lewis and Clark for another nine years, a bunch of Spanish folks were building stuff. The stuff they were building were churches and buildings called missions. Also, by “they” I should note the Spaniards weren’t the one’s doing the building. Indians were doing the work and in Fremont California the Ohlone people were hard at work building Mission San Jose’.IMG_6046

The Ohlone weren’t Catholic, but they were less hostile than the folks living over in the San Ramon Valley, so building began.

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By the time Andrew Jackson was president Mission San Jose’ was wealthy. It was also no longer Spanish but Mexican. Not longer after California became Mexico, the mission became state property.

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It remained state property till it became American, and Abraham Lincoln gave the mission back to the Catholic Church. So the place was first Ohlone, then Spanish Catholic, then Mexican, then American, then Catholic, and now… it belongs to tourists.

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