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Spanish California

Spanish California

Author: Blake Tilma

History-Social Science Content Standards For Public Schools: 

4.2 Students describe the social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions
among people of California from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish
mission and Mexican rancho periods.

3. Describe the Spanish exploration and colonization of California, including the relationships
among soldiers, missionaries, and Indians (e.g., Juan Crespi, Junipero Serra, Gaspar de

4. Describe the mapping of, geographic basis of, and economic factors in the placement and
function of the Spanish missions; and understand how the mission system expanded the
influence of Spain and Catholicism throughout New Spain and Latin America.

5. Describe the daily lives of the people, native and nonnative, who occupied the presidios,
missions, ranchos, and pueblos.

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The Library of Congress page on Spanish California

The Library of Congress has great information about Spanish California. Read the sections about Spanish California and The Missions. 

The missions of California

This Website has information on all the Missions in California. Choose one and gather information on it.

Source: Weber, Tricia Anne (2006). The Spanish Missions of California. Retrieved from

A Video on the Spanish Mission system

Watch the video and think about how the Mission System influenced life in California

Source: Stacy Rachford. "California Mission System". Online Video Clip. YouTube, December 10, 2013. Web. 27 July, 2017.

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