Alta California Missions and the Pre-1849 Transformation of Coastal Lands

  title={Alta California Missions and the Pre-1849 Transformation of Coastal Lands},
  author={Rebecca Allen},
  journal={Historical Archaeology},
  • R. Allen
  • Published 1 September 2010
  • History
  • Historical Archaeology
Beginning in the late 18th century, Spanish and Mexican colonization introduced the system of missionization into what is today described as Alta California. Missionaries and soldiers, using native labor, directed the construction of 21 missions along the Alta California coast. The mission complexes—churches, quadrangles, and outlying buildings and structures—were intended to bring about a new order on the native landscape by means of the introduction of European-style architecture, agriculture… 
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