Mission Senora de la Soledad

Hardships and Changes to the Mission

Nuestra Senora de la Soledad had some big problems like floods. First, the Spanish people built my mission but then there came a flood and Spain had to build my mission again. Next, in 1832 another flood happened. Father Serra wrote a letter to the Mexicans that the mission was entirely ruined, but it was rebuilt. After the war, the Mexican government took the religion out of the missions. This was called Secularization. Spanish priests and soldiers lost their power. California Indians were allowed to leave the missions, but most stayed and worked at the ranchos. Eventually, Mexico went to war with the United States and the United States won. Years later, the missions were rebuilt and today some have active churches.