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The oldest cities of California formed around or near Spanish missions, including the four largest: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco.
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In 1821, Mexico achieved independence from Spain, taking Alta California along with it, but the missions maintained authority over native neophytes and control of land holdings until the 1830s.
At the peak of its development in 1832, the coastal mission system controlled an area equal to approximately one-sixth of Alta California.
The Alta California government secularized the missions after the passage of the Mexican secularization act of 1833.
This divided the mission lands into land grants, which became many of the Ranchos of California.