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New Topic: California Missions

Posted by Dana Burnell on

Our new topic, California Missions, explores the story of the Spanish Empire’s furthest outpost, where groups of priests and soldiers were sent to build Catholic missions and convert (or subdue) the local populations. Then they’d use the people’s labor to support the missions and send profits back to Mexico City, the capital of New Spain. Pretty soon, the native population had two options: work for the missions or starve. However, rebellions spread and suddenly a Robin Hood-like figure appeared: Estanislao! His outrageous and successful raids demonstrated just how shaky the missions’ authority was. Meanwhile, Mexico was releasing itself from Spanish rule . . .

Looking to create a whole unit around Native America? Be sure to explore these other, related topics:  

Columbian Exchange


Westward Expansion

American Indians


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