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There are 21 historical missions that stretch along the El Camino Real, beginning in San Diego and ending just north of San Francisco. The missions are connected to the founding of the state of California.
It all began with the dedication of Mission San Diego on July 16, 1769 when Father Junipero Serra triumphantly raised the cross in the name of the Catholic Church in the King of Spain. The spiritual and cultural conquest of California was underway.