California Missions (Landmark Events in American History Series)by Dale Anderson
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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