Missionary Father Pedro Font later described the scene: "...Rivera entered the chapel with drawn sword..la espada desnuda en la mano." Rivera y Moncada was subsequently excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church for his actions (wikipedia.org).The original structure was burned down by rebellious Kumeyaay in 1775.
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They were combinations of soldiers, explorers and missionaries.
These non-native immigrants originally entered and settled in ancient Kumeyaay village of Kosa'aay (Cosoy) known today as Old Town in San Diego, CA, located at the base of Presideo Hill.
MISSION SAN DIEGO DE ALCALA The Mission San Diego de Alcalá pictured in 2008.
This structure is thought to be the fourth Mission San Diego de Alcalá to be built (wikipedia.org).Above: A kumeyaay pre-contact style shelter (aka 'ewaa or hut) is pictured on the Sycuan Indian Reservation, circa 1900.Right: A large willow grainery is pictured on the Pala Indian Reservation, circa 1910.AS A NON-NATIVE WEBMASTER with superficial perspectives and OPINIONS on the Kumeyaay-Diegueño-Iipay-Tipay peoples, I feel it important to say that I've rarely heard San Diego Indians speak ill of or express bitterness over the past they seem to be more interested in their present and future.However, I have certain editorial responsibility to present some known historical information and facts about Native American Indian history in San Diego County the ancestral tribal homelands of the Kumeyaay people.The California Indians constructed their graineries and shelters out of willow tree branches because willow contains salicin, a natural insect repelint that means whatever food and supplies they stored in willow would remain relatively bug free.