Mission Santa Cruz History

History In Brief

Founded: 25 September 1791 by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén
Named for: Feast day in the Church calendar which occurs on September 14: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Number in Series: 12th
Indian Name: Aulintac
Brand: Brand - Santa Cruz


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  • California Missions by Sunset Editors. (September 1979) Sunset Pub Co
  • Mission Info Page at url


Holding area for random notes:

14 December 1793: Raids from village of Quiroste, near Point Año Nuevo attack, wounding guards, burning a guardhouse and lamb corral. (Only attack on northern mission.)

1794: Soldiers from San Francisco and Monterey. Eight Indians taken captive. Leaders sent to San Diego and die in 1798.

1795: Quadrangle completed.

1797: Branciforte Pueblo established nearby. Tensions between mission and settlers develop.

1818: Branciforte settlers sack Santa Cruz as mission is temporarily abandoned because of a possible raid from pirate Bouchard.

1931: Reconstruction.

18 October 1989: Damage from Loma Prieta earthquake.