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Around the 1800s, there were tensions and disputes throughout Mission Dolores’s history. The Mexican government voted whether or not to distribute Mission Dolores to Indian Christians or Mexican settlers. Secularization meant that the priests and workers at Mission Dolores could not continue farming and ranching any more. Mission Dolores was turned to an administrator who valued holdings at $67,227.60. Soon, so many Indians withdrew that there were only nine Indian Christians left by 1842.

The secularization had a great impact on Mission Dolores. Before secularization, Mexico couldn’t keep the missions running like Spain could. The Mexican government soon closed the missions. They had first closed Mission Dolores. The Indians had no interest in returning, so it remained. It stood until the gold rush.

As all missions, Mission Dolores was closed with the rest. Today, Mission Dolores is open to visitors. It still plays its role in the Catholic Church. It accepts many tourists, school children, and even artists.

{Ryan T. March 10, 2011}

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