Of all the attempts to capture the beauty and rich history of the California Missions, only Leffingwell has succeeded. Over the past 15 years I have visited many of the missions and I always look for a book in the gift shops that shows the wonderful architecture and gardens of the missions, and gives an honest synopsis of the Alta California story. Until now I have found some great historical texts, but none with images worthy of the subject matter. This book has both. It is a coffee table must-have for an..
Growing up in California, I received more than my quota of early California history. I was always impressed that the Spanish sought to establish missions to bring Jesus to the Native Americans as their primary activity in California.That idealistic impulse ended up badly in many cases. Diseases carried by Europeans wiped out over 95 percent of the Native Americans near some of the missions. When the missions were established too close to the presidios and towns, soldiers and civilian Spaniards sometimes ..
Any interested in the history of missions in general and California's historic missions in particular will find this a lush guide which offers insights into the architecture and spiritual foundations of over twenty missions. These vary from small churches to elegant missions: the construction of each was influenced by local social and political as well as spiritual interests. California Missions And Presidios could have been featured in our Arts or Local History section but also deserves note by any interes..