1 . It was founded Twice
San Juan Capistrano is a City in Orange County California built around the Catholic Mission of the same name. The SJC Mission was initially founded in 1775 by Father Lasuen, but as a revolt broke in San Diego they had to abandon San Juan Capistrano in order to help with the SD revolt. The priests finally returned in 1776, making it the official founding or "re-founding" year.
2. It Was Named After A Saint That Was Not the "Ideal" Saint
San Juan Capistrano harbors the oldest residential neighborhood in California - Los Rios - as well as the oldest in use building; the Serra Chapel.
4. It Was Destroyed By Magnitude 7 Earthquake In 1812
The charming San Juan Capistrano had its share of catastrophe. In December 8, 1812 the San Juan Capistrano Earthquake or 1812 Wrightwood earthquake - as it is also known - destroyed several Missions in the area, collapsing the Mission San Juan Capistrano's Great Stone Church and killing 40 Native Americans , who were attending mass.
5. It was Sold In 1845 to John Foster
From 1812 to 1834 all missions started to decline for several reasons. Mission San Juan Capistrano was sold in 1845 to John Foster. But during Abraham Lincoln presidency, the missions were given back to the Catholic Church and by the 1900's many wealthy people campaigned to restore the missions that we all visit today.
6. The Mask Of Zorro Was Originally Named "The Capistrano Curse"
Through it all San Juan Capistrano kept its beauty, and today it is a strong historical, cultural and religious reference. I love SJC! And if you have the chance, go visit and check missionsjc.com. I learn something different about it every visit .
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