PART FOUR: The Missions in Modern Times

White, Tekla N.
January 1996
Missions of San Francisco Bay Area;1996, p62
In the 1850s and 1860s, the U.S. government determined that some of the land grants made during secularization in California were illegal. The government then returned mission buildings and other property to the Roman Catholic Church. But many of the missions had already fallen apart from neglect, and the Church did not have the funds to repair them. In the late 1800s, an author named Helen Hunt Jackson published a book called Ramona. This fictional story about early California created romantic notions of mission life. INSET: Untitled.


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