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Mission San Diego de Alcala

On July 16, 1769, Franciscan Fathers Junipero Serra, Francisco Palou and Fernando Parron began the Alta California mission system by planting a cross and constructing a building near the mouth of the San Diego River. Five years later, they moved the mission six miles inland.
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