SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES OF THE CALIFORNIA MISSION FRONTIER
People of the California Missions
The book is richly illustrated with approximately 30 captioned illustrations (most in color) consisting of paintings, historical prints, artifacts, and maps. The authors, experts in archaeology and state history, draw extensively on primary sources to forgo myths and portray people and events as they really were. The book is divided into short chapters with subheads. Spanish terms are italicized, then translated into English. Topics: The king of Spain set up four presidios (San Diego, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and San Francisco) to protect California and discourage other countries from settlement. How did soldiers at these presidios interact with padres, Indians, townspeople, and ranchers? What was life like for the wives and children of soldiers?
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Reading level: grades 4–5. Interest level: grades 3–6