A Mission for the People: The Story of la Purisima by Mary Ann Fraser
When Spanish missionaries arrived on the beautiful shores of what is now the Santa Barbara region of California, they built a mission that came to be called La Purisima (another name for the Virgin Mary). Its construction changed the lives of the native Chumash people forever and shaped the history of all the peoples of the Southwest.
Award-winning author and illustrator Mary Ann Fraser tells the exciting story of the Chumash and all those who came to La PurisimaSpanish missonaries and soldiers, Mexican colonists, Russian and British traders who set up ports nearby, and Anglos hoping to strike it rich in the 1840s gold rush. Filled with fascinating details and animated by the sweep of centuries of dramatic events, this tale of one mission opens a window into the history of California and the American West.
Mary Ann Fraser is the author and illustrator of many award-winning books on western history, including In Search of the Grand Canyon: Down the Colorado with John Wesley Powell and Ten Mile Day: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad. She lives in Simi Valley, California.