Mission Puerto de Purísima Concepción

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Mission Puerto de Purísima Concepción
Locationnear Yuma, Arizona
Name as foundedLa Misión Puerto de Purísima Concepción
English translationThe Mission Port of Purest Conception
PatronThe Immaculate Conception
Founding dateOctober 1780
Founding priest(s)Fathers Juan Barreneche and Francisco Garcés
Native tribe(s)
Spanish name(s)
Current useNonextant
Official name: Mission la Purísima Concepción (site of)
Reference no.#350

Mission Puerto de Purísima Concepción was founded near what is now Yuma, Arizona, U.S.A. on the California side of the Colorado River, in October, 1780, by Father Francisco Garcés. The settlement was not part of the California mission chain, but was administered as a part of the Arizona missions. The Mission site and nearby pueblo were inadequately supported, and Spanish colonists seized the best lands, destroyed the Indians' crops, and generally ignored the rights of the local natives. In retaliation the Quechan (Yuma) Indians and their allies attacked and destroyed the installation and the neighboring Mission San Pedro y San Pablo de Bicuñer over a three-day period, from July 17–19, 1781.

Today, only a historical marker identifies the site. The marker is located on Picacho Road in Fort Yuma, California, one mile south of Winterhaven Road.

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