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California Missions

Explore the courageous exploits of evangelists like Junipero Serra in the founding, practice, and decline of the California Missions!

Total classes: 8

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: High School and Middle School 

Suggested credit: 2/3 semester History, American History, or Modern History


From 1769-1833, the Spanish empire sponsored Catholic missions and missionaries up and down the California coast. This course traces their rise and fall, their nature and impact, and especially the activities of the missionaries themselves.


Day 1: Introduction and overview of syllabus and assignments

Day 2: Background – Spain in California

Day 3: Early Years

Day 4: Expansion and Growth

Day 5: The Glory of the Missions

Day 6: Mission Architecture

Day 7: Life in the Mission

Day 8: The End of the Missions

Materials and Homework

Materials: None

Homework: Daily, optional review quizzes based on classroom lectures and discussions. Worth bonus points.  Students will compose a guided 2-3 page short answer exercise in analyzing the history of California missions. *NOTE: Middle Schoolers taking this class must instead write a 1-2 page short-answer exercise.

Important Dates

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, July 29, 30, 31, August 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8, 2024
Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)

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