The Mission Compound

Heinrichs, Ann
January 2002
California Missions (0-7565-0208-X);2002, p8
This article provides information on Spanish missions started in California by Spanish explorers. At first, the missions were just crude shelters. As the missions grew, more buildings were added. A mission compound was like a small town. Weddings were held in the mission church. Workshops, storehouses, and the friars' rooms stood around the patio, along with rooms for the Indians and a mission school for their children. The presidios protected the missions from attacks by Indians, foreign trappers, and settlers from the East. Many Mexicans traveled north to Alta California to make a new life. Their communities were called pueblos.


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