White, Tekla N.
January 1996
Missions of San Francisco Bay Area;1996, p10
Founded by Spain, the California Missions are located on a narrow strip of California's Pacific coast. In the 1600s, Spain built mission settlements on the peninsula known as Baja California, as well as in other areas of New Spain which is presently known as Mexico. The goal of the Spanish mission system in North America was to make Indians accept Spanish ways and become loyal subjects of the Spanish king. The Spaniards wanted to spread its authority northward from Baja California into the region known as Alta California, where Spain's settlement pattern would be repeated.


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