If you own a home in San Juan Capistrano, thank Spain

The 250th anniversary of the founding of San Diego is here. Basically the cradle of modern civilization for the State of California. It is also the 500th anniversary of Conquistador Hernán Cortés’ invasion of Mexico in 1519.

We came across this information in an article we found at The Capistrano Dispatch.

Spain conquered Mexico which formed a beachhead to allow Junipero Serra, a Franciscan friar to civilize California 250 years later. An excerpt from the article states:

San Juan Capistrano wouldn’t exist as we know it. No Serra, no Spanish mission in 1776.

San Clemente wouldn’t exist as a so-called “Spanish village by the sea.”

Seaman Richard Henry Dana, for whom the Dana Point Headland is named, would’ve had no reason to row ashore there to load hides from San Juan Capistrano ranches during the 1834-36 merchant voyage that Dana documented in a literary masterpiece, Two Years Before the Mast.

Capistrano’s world-famous swallows would live in obscurity.

San Clemente wouldn’t have a 65-year summer fiesta tradition known as La Cristianita, based on California’s first Christian baptism in 1769.

Might we all be speaking Russian? Part of Spain’s reason for establishing a chain of California missions and forts was to gain a foothold and prevent a possible Russian presence.

Yesterday, July 1st in celebration of The Feast Day of Saint Serra(Fr. Junipero Serra), the mission conducted it annual ringing of its 4 bells at noon.On July 16th at Precidio Park in San Diego, they will celebrate the first mission settled by Fr. Serra who established 9 missions between 1769 and 1784 when he died.

The city is also the site of California’s oldest residential neighborhood, Los Rios. It is also the home of the oldest in use building in California, the Serra Chapel in the Mission. The area was the site of both the first vineyard and first winery in California.