Mission Santa Clara De Asis

Hardship and Changes to the Mission

As years went by the mission system experienced hardship and many changes. Some problems that happend at the mission was a fire that caused a lot of damage, they were attacked by Mexico, and the people were struck by a plague that killed thousands. They had to rebuild the mission but the original mission is now a University campus. The new mission is about three miles away from the original one. After the war, the mexican government took the religon out of the missions, (which is called secularization). Spanish priest and soldiers lost their power. California Indians were allowed to leave the missions, but most stayed and worked at the ranchos because they had no where to go. Eventually the United States went to war with Mexico. The United States won. Years later the missions were rebuilt and today some churches are still active. The missions' systems is still very important to California's history  today.