Mission San Fernando Rey de España Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.
Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Fernando Rey de España. Perfect for school projects! All you have to do is cut, glue and assemble this mission into a beautify 3D replica. Printed on thick card heavy duty stock paper.
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Includes Mission Accessories
Large Size Mission Model
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Get instant access. You will receive multiple pdf files where you can print on your own color printer. The Mega Deluxe Set comes with everything you see below. This is not available on Amazon. You will get the Large Mission Model, The Extra Annex Building, The Mission Accessories and the Project Board Mega Pack.
Mission Model Size
Large Size Base:
- Width: 10 inches
- Length: 13 inches
- Height: 7.6 inches
History of Mission San Fernando Rey de España
In the summer of 1797, Padre Fermin Lasuen oversaw the construction of five new missions in California. The seventeenth mission was placed between Mission San Buenaventura and Mission San Gabriel Arcángel to make travel between the two easier. Padre Lasuen had to place the new mission further south than he wanted because of poor soil and a growing pueblo called Los Angeles, but on September 8, 1797, the mission was founded. The fourteenth mission was named Mission San Fernando Rey de España which was named after King Ferdinand III of Spain. San Fernando was famous for conquering the Southern part of Spain which was controlled by the Moors who believed in Islam and were fierce enemies to the Christians back then.
Despite the difficulty of finding a location, Mission San Fernando Rey de España proved to be successful shortly after its founding. The new mission was built near the Chumash tribe who were friendly towards the Spanish and were interested in living at the new mission. In 1804, just seven years after its founding, there were over 1,000 Chumash living at Mission San Fernando Rey de España. Over 2,000 bodies have been found near the mission, most of which are Chumash; these bodies also serve as evidence that many lived and died at Mission San Fernando Rey de España.
In addition to attracting Chumash to live on the mission, the Padres also sought to grow their own food and become as economically successful as possible. Like other missions, Mission San Fernando Rey de España grew many different types of food, but was best known for its vineyards. In 1832, there were 32,000 grapevines and 1,600 fruit trees which shows how much wine was produced at the mission. Mission San Fernando Rey de España was even more famous for how many animals were raised at the mission. At its peak, the mission had 12,800 cattle, 7,800 sheep, 176 goats, 45 pigs, 144 mules, and 780 horses. This made the number of livestock at Mission San Fernando Rey de España the third highest in the California mission system.
Being located near Los Angeles was initially very helpful for Mission San Fernando Rey de España, but became a problem over time for the Padres. In the early years, many travelers would stop at the mission on their way to either other missions or to Los Angeles. So many travelers wanted to stay at the mission, that a hallway was built with beds so anyone could spend the night at the mission if they wanted. However, as Los Angeles became bigger and bigger, the Chumash population started to decline and Mission San Fernando Rey de España had trouble growing enough food or creating extra supplies to trade.
Like most missions in California, the worst times at Mission San Fernando Rey de España occurred once Mexico gained its independence from Spain. The Mexican government did not have the money or interest in running the California missions and stopped supporting them in 1834. All across California, mission property and land were sold off to settlers and in 1845, Mission San Fernando Rey de España received the same treatment. The mission was not well-treated after being sold and with the Padres and Chumash gone, it was turned into a warehouse and stables.
It would not be until 1896 when Mission San Fernando Rey de España’s value would once again be recognized. Charles Lummis, a member of the Landmarks Club, started to promote the mission as a historical site. In 1923, the Catholic Church was given back its ownership of the mission and restoration efforts began. Unfortunately, even after restorations were completed, further damage occurred to the mission during an earthquake in 1971. The damage was so bad that Mission San Fernando Rey de España had to be completely rebuilt.
While the mission is not one of the better preserved missions in California, it does offer visitors a rich experience. The long hallway where travelers stayed now hosts relics from the 1700 and 1800’s including some furniture that travelers used during the most successful period at the mission. Across from the mission is a large and beautiful park which helps make Mission San Fernando Rey de España more peaceful than many of the missions which are now in the middle of a town or city. There is also a large statue of Padre Junipero Serra who founded the first nine missions in California. Mission San Fernando Rey de España has a unique history when compared to other missions in California and while the building is not original, visitors can see the place where many travelers stopped in the early days of California.