Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Garden -- Be sure to visit!!

The Santa Barbara Mission was built in the late 1700's and is part of a series of missions built by the early Spanish explorers.  The California missions began ias an effort to convert Native Americans to Catholicism and expand European territory. Spain was responsible for the missions, which scholars believe were attempts to colonize the Pacific coast of North America. There were 21 missions in all, lasting from 1769 until about 1833.