Alta California was the Last Expansion of Spain’s Empire in North America.
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The Spanish in contact with California occurred in the mid 1530s when Cortez’s men ventured to Baja California. They began to sail north to Alta California and established 21 missions. The expedition to Alta California was the last greatest expansion of Spain’s empire in North America. The missions were a series of religious and military settlements established by the padre. The Spanish constructed the missions to gain control and power over the land in California. San Francisco Solano Mission was the last mission established in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, resulted an important historical event in California and the existence of the California flag. The Spanish arrival to California created a major impact to the lives of the native Indians, and there were many significant events occurred among the Spaniards, the native Indians, and the Americans before California became a part of America.
San Francisco Solano Mission was founded on July 4th, 1823 by Fr. Jose Altamira, Father Altamira, which was the last mission in California. The mission got its name from St. Francis Solano, missionary to the Peruvian Indians (Simondi). After the arrival of Father Altamira, he decided to create a new mission north of San Francisco Bay. He selected the sight of the mission with the approval of Governor Luis Arguello, but he did not ask the church for an official approval. Also, he wanted to close down the mission at San Rafael and San Francisco because “the Governor’s concern about the