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California Missions and Presidios

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The missions and presidios of California are among the state’s oldest structures and are the most visited historical monuments. These notable buildings are an integral part of California’s history. The state’s recorded history essentially began with the Spanish missions along the ambitious chain of 21 missions on El Camino Reál (The Royal Highway) and the men who founded them.

California Missions and Presidios is a gorgeous book that presents the history of these intriguing ...

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Overview

The missions and presidios of California are among the state’s oldest structures and are the most visited historical monuments. These notable buildings are an integral part of California’s history. The state’s recorded history essentially began with the Spanish missions along the ambitious chain of 21 missions on El Camino Reál (The Royal Highway) and the men who founded them.

California Missions and Presidios is a gorgeous book that presents the history of these intriguing sanctuaries of peace and beauty. The eye-popping photography of Alastair Worden and Randy Leffingwell captures their unique character, while Leffingwell’s accessible text brings to life the overall history of California’s conquest by the Spanish; the construction and operation of the missions, presidios, ranchos, and adobes; and the background of the mission architecture and style.

Seemingly unchanged, these missions and presidios have survived the centuries remarkably well—still welcoming visitors as a refuge of serenity and splendor while providing a glimpse into the lives of the spirited pioneers who built these structures and lived and worked there.

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California's Spanish missions and presidios form an integral part of the state's heritage. Indeed, much of the state's colonial history originated in the chain of 21 missions that lined El Camino Real (The Royal Highway). This coffee table treatment of these awe-inspiring structures contains an individual chapter on each mission and 225 stunning color photographs.
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"A lush guide which offers insights into the architectural and spiritual foundations of over twenty missions."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896584921
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.69 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Leffingwell wrote his first book, American Muscle, in 1989 while still on staff at the Los Angeles Times. Since then, he has authored another 47 titles for Motorbooks and its sister publisher Voyageur Press, including his most recent Complete Book of Porsche 911 and Corvette 60 Years. He has just finished Porsche 911: Fifty Years, a reexamination of the 911 story based on nearly two dozen new interviews. He lives in southern California, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Learn more about him on his website: www.rleffingwell.com.

Alastair Worden spent more than 20 years serving his country as a Coast Guard yeoman and then as a photojournalist. His images of Coast Guard personnel in action have appeared on the front page of \u201cUSA Today\u201d and in every major newspaper in the country as well as overseas. During his last tour in the Coast Guard, Worden was the Coast Guard Motion Picture Liaison Officer for Hollywood.

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