The Mystery of the Missing Mission

“The land upon which Mission Viejo is developed was part of the 52,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo. The chain of title for the land on which the City of Mission Viejo sits dates back to July 27, 1769, when a Spaniard named Gaspar de Portola led an expeditionary force from Mexico across southern California, resting for a while in southeast Orange County, especially the hills and valleys which form today’s City of Mission Viejo. Claiming the land for Spain, Portola set the stage for what would occur seven years later, when the land witnessed the first attempt to found Mission San Juan Capistrano. Although lack of water forced the friars to relocate and the whereabouts of this old mission remain a mystery, the name Mission Viejo bears testimony to this structure’s sojourn in San Juan Canyon more than two hundred years ago.
Mission Viejo History – City of Mission Viejo
http://cityofmissionviejo.org/History/

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