Mission San Juan Capistrano
San Juan became a trading center because it produced more than it consumed.
The Mission Indians produced iron tools, cloth, and
hides. In their labores they grew melons, pumpkins, grapes, peppers,
maize, beans, squash, sweet potatoes, and sugar cane in irrigated
fields. At one time they had 3,500 sheep and nearly as many
cattle on their farm.
its surplus, San Juan established a trade network stretching east
to Louisiana and south to Coahuila, Mexico.
we can visit where the mule trains entered the mission and camped
While this Mission's church is currently under restoration a visit to the site is still very rewarding.