Mission San Francisco Solano Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.
Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Francisco Solano. 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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|Deluxe Set (Most Popular)
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: 7.3 inches
History of Mission San Francisco Solano
The twenty-first and final mission built in California was built to help fix a problem at Mission Dolores. So many Native Americans were becoming sick there that they needed a place where they could not only recover but live instead of the cold and damp environment in Southern San Francisco. With this goal in mind, Padre Jose Altimira initially tried to get Mission Dolores relocated, but the idea was turned down by Padra Sarria, the man in charge of the California mission system. Instead, Padre Altimira went to the Spanish Governor Don Luis Arguello to approve the construction of a new mission. Governor Arguello was concerned about Russians claiming part of Spain’s territory, because after they arrived in Alaska they were exploring the West Coast of the United States. The governor approved the new mission, because it was further North than any of the previous missions and would help extend Spanish control of California. This meant that the final mission was the only one not immediately approved by the Catholic Church.
Even though the new mission did not have support of the other missions initially, Padre Altimira and a few hundred Native Americans founded the last mission on July 4, 1823. He named it Mission San Francisco Solano, or Saint Francis Solanus, who was a skilled preacher. Saint Francis Solanus also left Spain to preach in South America.
Padre Altimira chose a location in the Sonoma Valley that had water, lots of room for animals to roam, and much better weather than in Southern San Francisco. He was also able to rely on the Miwok tribe who helped build the new mission. It started with a simple wooden chapel, but adobe buildings were quickly added. Eventually, Governor Don Luis Arguello was able to convince Padre Sarria that Mission San Francisco Solano should become part of the mission system.
This proved to be a good decision because Mission San Francisco Solano quickly became successful. In addition to performing baptisms with the Miwoks, the mission population grew to somewhere around 500-600 inhabitants. Mission San Francisco Solano also became self-supporting and was able to grow enough food for everyone to eat. While it never produced as much food as some of the bigger missions in California, Mission San Francisco Solano grew to be successful in a much shorter time period than other missions.
As Mission San Francisco Solano seemed to be hitting its peak, the good fortune it was experiencing changed rapidly. After many years of fighting, Mexico won its independence from Spain and formed a new government. The new government did not have enough money to run the missions like Spain had so they came up with a plan to both end the missions and give away the land to people who needed it.
Unfortunately, while the plan was to give land to the Native Americans who lived at the missions, they either didn’t want it or administrators kept the land for themselves. This turned out to be the case at Mission San Francisco Solano when General Mariano Vallejo became the administrator. He decided to keep the land for himself so that he could start the pueblo of Sonoma. During this time the Padres and Native Americans left the mission for good.
The mission started to fall into ruin during this time and settlers in Sonoma even took pieces of the church like the roof to help build their own homes. It was not until 1906 that what was left from Mission San Francisco Solano started to be preserved. Unfortunately, this was also the year of a strong earthquake which destroyed what was left of the original buildings. After many years of work, Mission San Francisco Solano was finally fully restored in 1926.
While the restored Mission San Francisco Solano is not completely historically accurate, because so little of the original buildings survived, it does offer a museum with artwork and historical objects from the mission. Mission San Francisco Solano is also located in Sonoma State Historic Park which has a number of other historical buildings. While Sonoma may have grown at the expense of Mission San Francisco Solano at times, the city and mission are now united, making the area an attractive place to visit.