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California Missions (Landmark Events in American History Series)
     

California Missions (Landmark Events in American History Series)

by Dale Anderson
 

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Twenty-one Spanish missions stand along the coast of California as a reminder of the time when the Spanish Empire dominated the Americas. This book tells the story of those missions, the people who founded them, and the tragedy of those who lived and died within their walls. The Native people of coastal California were removed from their traditional ways of life and

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Twenty-one Spanish missions stand along the coast of California as a reminder of the time when the Spanish Empire dominated the Americas. This book tells the story of those missions, the people who founded them, and the tragedy of those who lived and died within their walls. The Native people of coastal California were removed from their traditional ways of life and coerced into Christianity by Spanish priests and soldiers. On the backs of Native laborers, the Spanish built the missions into thriving centers of commerce and agriculture. This volume examines the missions and the historical background and aftermath of this period of American history.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In the first book, Anderson provides a brief overview of the immigrant experience and the history of Ellis Island. A simple chart illustrates the patterns of immigration, and sidebars describing the experiences of various families personalize the information. This accessible title will be useful for reports. The second book takes the same approach, but with less success. There are some inaccuracies, including the statement that "Most of the missions were in Southern California." In fact, they stretch from San Diego to north of San Francisco. The ultimate plan was to build them approximately one day's journey apart. At times, Anderson simplifies the history too much, as in "the missions were also responsible for the enslavement and deaths of most of the Native people in the southern and mid-coast areas of California." The relationships of the friars, the Spanish government, and the military were more complex than that and each had its own priorities, some more noble than others. The book has the same general layout, including lots of full-color photos and illustrations. Additional topics include a biographical sketch of Father Jun'pero Serra, daily life at the missions, and the restoration movement in the early 20th century. Both volumes are attractive and fulfill the need for concise introductions to their subjects.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836853537
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Publication date:
12/30/1999
Series:
Landmark Events in American History Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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