Mission Puerto de Purísima Concepción

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Mission Puerto de Purísima Concepción
Mission Puerto de Purísima Concepción
Location of the former Mission
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
Francisco Garcés in 1775

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 Spanish missions in Arizona. 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.[1][2][3]

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.

California Historical Landmarks read:

NO. 350 MISSION LA PURÍSIMA CONCEPCIÓN (SITE OF) - In October 1780, Father Francisco Garcés and companions began Mission La Purísima Concepción. The mission/pueblo site was inadequately supported. Colonists ignored Indian rights, usurped the best lands, and destroyed Indian crops. Completely frustrated and disappointed, the Quechans (Yumas) and their allies destroyed Concepción on July 17-19, 1781.

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  1. ^ American Catholic.org Archived 2012-05-21 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ mojavedesert.net: Garcés . accessed 1.1.2012
  3. ^ Garcés 1900, p. xxiv.

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