Calamajue 1766-1767


The first location for the next mission north of San Borja proved unfit because
the water was so mineralized it prevented agriculture.
After 7 months, the mission was moved.
GPS: 29°25'16.3" 114°11'42.4"


Calamajue ruins in 1949. Photo by Marquis McDonald


Santa Maria de los Angeles 1767-1769

When crops wouldn't grow at Calamajue, the Indians showed the Jesuits their oasis of Cabujakaamung
20 miles north, with its sweet water. The Jesuits moved their mission and
had only constructed palm log shacks when they were removed from California, in early 1768.

The Franciscans who replaced the Jesuits built the adobe ruins
that we see here. Santa Maria had a very brief mission history.
In 1769, the first Franciscan mission in California was founded by Junipero Serra some 35 miles away.
Named San Fernando by Father Serra on his long walk from Loreto to Alta California.
San Fernando was a superior mission site and soon
Santa Maria was reduced in status to a visita.
Photos taken in 2007 by David Kier.
More photos at http://vivabaja.com/msm GPS: 29°43'54.5" 114°32'50.2"


The padre's quarters and storeroom ruins at Santa Maria.



1949 Marquis McDonald photograph of Santa Maria mission.


18th to 27th Baja California missions in Part 2:


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