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San Luis Ray de Francia, 18th Mission, Founded in 1798

Founded: June 13, 1798 by Father Fermin Lasuen
Named for: Louis IX, King of France (1215-1270). Nicknamed “King of the missions”, Mission San Luis Rey was the largest and most populous of all the California missions. Its buildings covered 6 acres of land, and its Native American population reached 2,700 at its peak. Its important location filled the critical gap between San Diego and San Juan Capistrano. It was the ninth and last mission founded by Father-President Lasuen before his death in 1803.
6x6 unframed.