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Mission San Jose was founded on June 11, 1797 by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen on a site which was part of a natural highway by way of the Livermore valley to the San Joaquin valley. It is the fourteenth of the 21st Spanish Missions in California. They were founded to secure Spain’s claim to this land and to teach the native people Christianity and the Spanish way of life.

This site was inhabited for countless generations by the Ohlone Indians. Their village at this site was know as Orisom.


Historic Mission San Jose

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