|As Spanish authorities colonized
Alta California, they established twenty-one Franciscan missions and
forts, or presidios, to bring the native inhabitants of the region
control and to provide for security and defense.
Today, the missions and presidios
are among California's most popular historic landmarks, and enduring
of California's Spanish and Mexican past.
This guidebook is a fun and fascinating
tour of the missions and presidios for vacationers and history buffs
A FalconGuide to
California's Missions and Presidios
A Guide to Exploring
California's Spanish and Mexican Legacy
by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre