Mission San Miguel Arcangel

Hardships and Changes To The Mission

Some of the problems experienced at the mission were the Indians were exposed to new diseases for the first time. These diseases include smallpox and measles. In 1806, a huge fire destroyed or did serious damage to most of the missions buildings. It was restored in 1816. After the war between the spanish and mexican, the mexican government did secularization to the missions. Since the spanish preists and soldiers lost their power the California Indians were allowed to leave the missions, but most stayed and worked at the ranchos. Eventually, Mexico went to war with the United Satates and the U.S. won. Years later, the missions were rebuilt and some today have active churches.