California Mission San Luis Obispo - Paper Model Project Kit

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Free History For Your Report

Mission San Luis Obispo de TolosaĀ (Saint Louis, Bishop of Toulouse)

A brief history

The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is the 5th mission founded in California. It was founded onĀ September 1st, 1772 by Friar Junipero Serra. Named for Saint Louis, a Bishop of Toulouse. Born inĀ 1274, the son of Charles II, King of Naples. The boyā€™s uncle was Saint Louis, King of France, and hisĀ aunt was Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. After being held for seven years as a hostage in Barcelona, he wasĀ ordained a priest, and made his profession a Friar Minor and was consecrated archbishop of Toulouse.Ā His life of devotion to his faith until his death in 1297 was realized by canonization in 1317.Ā In 1769, Governor Portolaā€™s expedition returning to San Diego from its vain search for Monterey cameĀ up on a spacious marshy valley with a large population of grizzly bears. The famished expedition thenĀ attacked one of the bears and were lucky that none were killed before they dispatched it. In honor of theĀ occasion, they named the place La Canada de los Osos (Valley of the Bears).

In 1772, the missions at Carmel and San Antonio were near starvation and sent hunting parties to kill theĀ grizzlies and send the meat back to the missions. The men sent back some nine thousand pounds ofĀ salted and jerked bear meat. In addition, the men traded other meat with the natives for twenty fiveĀ loads of edible seeds. The natives were friendly and impressed with the ease of the SpaniardsĀ dispatched the bears. Accordingly, Father Serra arrived and selected al low hill near a stream of theĀ finest water, where the founding of the mission was completed. Ā Father Serra left behind Father Jose Cavaller and five solders and two neophytes to erect the firstĀ buildings. There were no native settlements in the valley, but attracted by the building going on, manyĀ natives arrived from afar. The local natives eventually were persuaded to be baptized and the colonyĀ grew slowly. Not all the natives were peaceful though, in 1776 the padres quarters were burned alongĀ with all the log building except for the church and granary. Flaming arrows shot by enemies of theĀ mission neophytes started the blaze. Two of the leaders were captured and sent to Monterey asĀ prisoners, but similar attacks continued. Forced to deal with these attacks, in 1890, the first tile roofsĀ were manufactured. These roofing tiles were the first made in California and were quickly copied by theĀ other missions.

The principal architect of the missionā€™s prosperity was Father Luis Antonio Martinez who served forĀ thirty-four years. A keen trader he was also frank and critical, with a quick temper that frequently foundĀ him in trouble with the Governor. He was arrested and banished in 1830 much to the sorrow of theĀ natives. Father Martinez knew that secularization was coming and prior to his banishment he let theĀ property sink into disrepair. With secularization the natives drove off the livestock and the buildingsĀ were allowed to deteriorate such that by 1845 all the property could only bring $510.

During the Mexican war, Fremont surrounded the building believing it to be held by MexicanĀ insurrectionists, only to find it occupied by women and children. Later he sat in judgment on the treasonĀ trail of Don Pico, held at the mission, who was found guilty and condemned to death. The sentence wasĀ revered days later and he was released.

In 1859, what was left of the mission was returned to the Church. In 1868 the buildings were remodeledĀ to look like a parish church, with the adobe walls encased in white painted siding and a steeple added.Ā This remained in place until 1934 when it was removed and the building restored to its former simpleĀ grace and dignity

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