The Spanish missions are the most iconic symbols of the the California frontier. And while they weren’t the only frontier institutions in Spanish and Mexican California, they continue to be the most visible monuments to California’s rich heritage.
Mission San Antonio de Pala, founded in 1816, is a living Native community and an important destination on your next visit to San Diego.
Fourth grade is the first and last time most people learn anything about the mission period in California. In case you don’t know, the state social studies curriculum mandates that all fourth graders be able to “describe the social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California from the pre-Columbian societies to the […]
One of the things people often ask about is what life was like on the California missions, especially Indian life. Some of the most important accounts of California Indian life at the missions come from the Interrogatorio (Questionnaire) that the Spanish Government sent to the priests of the California Missions in 1813.
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 […]