How was a mission site chosen? What factors went into the location of a mission? Who decided where to build a mission?
Before establishing a Spanish mission in Alta California, a number of steps had to be taken in order to ensure that it would be successful. Both the Spanish government and the Franciscan Order had to agree that a mission was desirable. A mission site had to be found, and the local native people had to approve.
The story of the founding of Mission San Miguel Arcángel offers a good example of how a mission location was selected.