I’m happy to announce the launch of my 21 California Missions’ e-book. The experience in creating this e-book has been quite amazing! It all begins on May 12, 2011 when I first arrived to photograph my first California Mission – San Francisco Solano – in the city of Sonoma. Working my way south, I continuedphotographing more missions until I arrived at mission San Diego de Alcala on May 12, 2012 a year later. Little by little I tookpicture after picture with the idea that one day I would be able to tell a story about these remarkable and enduring Spanish-Franciscan establishments, and now my dream has come true.
For this reason, I want to thank my family for their wonderfulsupport, Patricia Cleveland-Peck for her gracious permission to include her fascinating essay on California’s historic chain of missions, California Missions On Line.com for allowing me to include their text of the California Missions, and finally, Mrs. Barton, my English teacher, who helped me edit my e-book. Thank you!
The Spanish Missions in California comprise a series of religious and military outposts established by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan order between 1769 and 1833 to spread the Christian faith among the local natives. Beginning in 1492 with the voyages of Christopher Columbus, the Kingdom of Spain sought to establish missions to convert the natives in Nueva España (New Spain).Visitador General Jose de Galvez engaged the Franciscans, under the leadership of Friar Junipero Serra, to take charge of founding new missions in Alta California by order of King Charles III.
Let me present to you this photo odyssey through the 21 California Missions which I hope you enjoy as much as I have since the day I started photographing these remarkable and enduring Spanish-Franciscan establishments.
Follow the link below that will take you to the Apple Online Store where you can find and purchase my e-book.