About the Book
The Spanish Missions in California comprise a series of religious and military outposts established by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan order between 1769 and 1833 to spread the Christian faith among the local natives. Beginning in 1492 with the voyages of Christopher Columbus, the Kingdom of Spain sought to establish missions to convert the natives in Nueva España (New Spain). Visitador General Jose de Galvez engaged the Franciscans, under the leadership of Friar Junipero Serra, to take charge of founding new missions in Alta California by order of King Charles III.
On July 14, 1769 Galvez sent the expedition of Junipero Serra and Gaspar de Portola to find a mission at San Diego and presidio at Monterey, respectively. The founding Franciscan missionaries’ idea was to find fertile soil, good water sources and natives with the objective to convert, educate, and civilize the indigenous population and to transform the natives into Spanish colonial citizens. Today, the California Missions are among the state’s oldest structures and the most visited historic monuments. There are 21 missions in California. As a visitor to the missions, I have encountered amazing things while photographing the historic Spanish establishments.
Let me present to you this photo odyssey through the 21 California Missions which I hope you enjoy as much as I have since the day I started photographing these remarkable and enduring Spanish-Franciscan establishments.
Features & Details
- Category Arts & Photography
Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm
- Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781364096199
- Hardcover, Dust Jacket: 9781364096182
- Publish Date May 26, 2017
- Language English
- Tags mexico, Spain, California, missions, history, martin nunez, photography, art, 21 california missions