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San Francisco Solano


San Francisco Solano
Kit includes precision-cut, foam-core parts, a short history of the mission and complete assembly instructions. White glue and decorating materials are required.


Founded on July 4, 1823, San Francisco Solano was the last of the 21 missions to be built. It was also the only one founded without prior approval of the Church, as Father Jose Altimira and Governor Arguello conspired to halt an expanding Russian presence.

In 1826, Father Altimira's harsh treatment of the Native Americans led to the mission being attacked and burned. He was forced to flee. A kinder replacement, Father Fortuni, rebuilt the mission and by 1830 nearly 1000 Indians were in residence.

San Francisco Solana gained more significance in California history when it became the site of the 26-day Bear Flag Revolt against Mexico in 1846. Purchased by the Historic Landmark Society in 1903, the mission was restored and is now part of the Sonoma Mission State Historic Park.


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