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The missions are a central part of California history and the 21 missions are state historical property and open for services and visitors. California history dates back to the Spanish settlements and then the Mexican take over of the missions. The entire history of California is interwoven with the history of the missions.
The people of the tribes that became Mission Indians lost their traditions, language,and families. Once at the mission they were kept there. Those that didn't go to the mission maintained their lives, but the missions brought in more people and more people meant loss of land, disease, and discrimination.
When the mission system was created by the Spanish there was no California. It will be another 100 years before California will exist. The largest population that was affected by the mission system were the Native Americans that were forced to work and live at the missions. There are mass graves on mission grounds of Native Americans who were beaten and killed.