Welcome to California Frontier. If you want to learn more about California’s mission era, you have come to the right place.
Friends often ask me where they should begin in learning about the California missions. There are are so many books about the California missions out there — some of which I’ll review later — that it is hard to know where to start. Below are a few books that have helped me. All of these […]
Between 1769 and 1823 Spanish missionaries founded 21 missions up and down the coast of Alta California (today’s state of California). These missions were meant to continue the chain of missions extending north from the southern tip of Baja California. Each mission was named after a Catholic saint who served as its patron. Franciscan priests often […]
Between 1769 and 1823, Franciscan missionaries founded 21 missions throughout what was known as Alta or “Upper” California. On this map of the California missions, you can click on the markers to find the foundation date and founder of each mission. Zoom out to see all of the missions, zoom in to see their locations up […]
There is a great deal of information about the mission era on the Internet. Not all of it is reliable or well-researched. Below are some resources which I personally believe provide solid and useful information related to the California missions, Junipero Serra and related topics. I will continue to update this page, so check back often! […]