Joseph Chapman, the Yankee at Santa Inés

Behrens, June
January 1996
Missions of the Central Coast;1996, p49
Among the people on board the pirate ship of Hippolyte de Bouchard was a young U.S. citizen named Joseph Chapman. He was not exactly a pirate, for he'd been kidnapped and added to the crew against his will. As the raiding party came down the coast of California in 1818, Chapman saw his chance to escape. Under cover of darkness, he made his way over the Santa Ynez Mountains to Mission Santa Inés. He told his tale to the mission's priests, who agreed to give him protection. His talents transformed stone walls to artworks. He also built a gristmill which was one of the first in the mission chain.


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