MacMillan, Dianne; Rawls, James J.
January 1996
Missions of the Los Angeles Area;1996, p74
Each year thousands of tourists and students visit the California missions. Over time, the missions have gone through many changes. Missionaries, visitors, novelists and scholars have expressed different opinions about the California missions. These observers often have disagreed about the impact of the missions on the Indians in California. Many early visitors were truly concerned about the mistreatment of Native Americans. But the foreign travelers, jealous of Spain's hold on Alta California, also criticized the missions as a way to prove that Spain wasn't worthy to possess the region.


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