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Jose Figueroa

Mexican Governor of California. A native of Mexico, Don José Figueroa came to prominence during Mexico's revolution against Spain. Becoming a General in the Mexican Army, he was appointed to the post of Commandante-General of Sonora and Sinaloa in 1824. In 1833 he was appointed the sixth Mexican Governor of Alta California, serving until his death in 1835. During his administration, he is most often remembered for carrying out the policy of secularization of the California missions in 1834. Following his death in Monterey after a long illness, his body was taken to Mission Santa Barbara and buried beneath the floor of the church.

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  • Originally Created by: Deathbecomezher
  • Added: 18 Jun 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19960822
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jose Figueroa (1792–29 Sep 1835), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19960822, citing Mission Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .