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Spain's colonization of California began at San Diego, when Father Junipero Serra arrived there in 1769 to build the first in a string of missions that would stretch up the coast to San Francisco. In 1775, this ambitious project nearly collapsed when Indians forced to work at Mission San Diego revolted, killing most of the settlement's Spanish inhabitants before a corporal named Rocha drove them off with well-aimed musket fire.

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