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Spanish Missions of California

Overview

What was the El Camino Real?

At one time, this trail connected 21 missions throughout California.

Inside, you'll Find:

How missions were built;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and how missions were the first places where oranges grew in California;

Surprising TRUE facts that will shock and amaze you!

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Overview

What was the El Camino Real?

At one time, this trail connected 21 missions throughout California.

Inside, you'll Find:

How missions were built;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and how missions were the first places where oranges grew in California;

Surprising TRUE facts that will shock and amaze you!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
This small, informative book opens with a True/False question, promising the answer to follow somewhere within the text, sending young readers on a treasure hunt for facts. Illustrations, photographs, short articles, and bursts of text easily lead the reader through the history of the Spanish presence in California. Spanish priests were actually the first European settlers in California. In 1769 they opened the first mission in California. Eventually twenty more were opened. The Native Americans were forced to convert to Christianity and to live and work at the missions. The missions contributed to the agriculture and culture of the region, introducing oranges, for example. However, the Native Americans resented the Spanish control and revolted. By 1833, the missions were dissolved and the land was sold to Mexican ranchers. Since that time, many of the missions have been restored. Some are still used as churches. The missions are among the oldest structures in the state and attract visitors from around the world each year. Pronunciation guides, a glossary, and an index make this volume easy to use as a reference. Part of "A True Booktrade," series. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531212400
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Scholastic True Book Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 455,933
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Europeans Arrive

How many missions did the Spanish build in California? 7

2 Settling the Land

Why were missions often built near water? 11

3 Mission Life

How did people at a mission know it was time to pray? 17

4 Many Missions

Which mission was known as the "King of the Missions"? 27

El Camino Real

How did people travel from one mission to another? 34

5 The End of the Missions

Why did some of the California missions close? 37

True Statistics 43

Resources 44

Important Words 46

Index 47

About the Author 48

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