How was the prickly pear cactus used in building some of Arizona's missions?
A glue made from prickly pear cactus juice was mixed with the plaster that holds the bricks in the mission walls in place.
Inside, You'll Find:
The man who started most of Arizona's missions;
Maps, a timeline, photos-and all about the animals and plants of the Sonoran Desert;
Surprising TRUE facts that will shock and amaze you!
Table of Contents
1 On a Mission
Why did the Spanish set up missions in Arizona? 7
2 Inside Arizona
What did Spanish explorers discover in Arizona? 11
3 Mission Life
What materials were used to build the missions? 19
The Sonoran Desert
What animals live in the largest desert in the United States? 22
4 Worlds Collide
Why did Native Americans want the Spanish to leave Arizona? 25
5 Missions Across Arizona
Which mission's church is known for its colorful decorations? 31
6 Changing Times
What is the only active mission left in Arizona? 37
True Statistics 43
Important Words 46
About the Author 48