Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #17, Nuestra Señora de Columna (Calamajué) /Santa María de los Ángeles (1766-1774)

By David Kier www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’  The 17th and final Jesuit California mission was founded by Padre Victoriano Arnés and Padre Juan José Diez, at a site called Calagnujuet. The Cochimí name was soon modified to Calamajué (Cala-ma-WAY). In Johann Jakob Baegert’s 1772 book, ‘Observations in Lower… Read more »

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #16, San Francisco de Borja Adac (1762-1818)

By David Kier www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’    The Jesuits had decided to expand their missions northward after Fernando Consag’s sea voyage in 1746 when he proved (as others before) that California was not an island. Yet nearly 20 years later, that point was still debated. A chain… Read more »

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #15, Santa Gertrudis (1752-1822)

By David Kier www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’    Fifteen years passed by before the Jesuits were able to establish another mission, and the first one in the northern half of the California peninsula. Padre Fernando Consag had made expeditions seeking potential mission sites, and was baptizing natives in… Read more »

Gray Whales Trip with Graham Mackintosh

Graham Baja trip

Come join famous Baja author Graham Mackintosh (“Into a Desert Place,” “Journey with a Baja Burro,” “Marooned with Very Little Beer,” Nearer My Dog to Thee” ) on this Baja Custom Tours special trip to see the whales, the Sea of Cortez, and the mountains of San Pedro de Martir.  Share close encounters with the… Read more »

Arte en el Valle

by Marilyn Helgeson Presenting the world-class artists of northern Baja at Art Basel, the world’s premier international art show for Modern and contemporary works, is the stated five-year goal of Benito de Aquila and Claudia Matamoros, organizers of “Arte en el Valle” happening on August 23rd and 24th . In order for northern Baja to… Read more »

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #14, San Luis Gonzaga Chiriyaqui (1737-1768)

By David Kier www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’  Mission San Luis Gonzaga is on the Magdalena Plain of Baja California Sur. In 1721, it was originally established as a visita, or satellite visiting chapel of the mission of Los Dolores Apaté. The Guaycura Indian name for the oasis was… Read more »

Ask a Local: Ensenada

Ask a Local Ensenada

  OUR LOCAL: Miguel Arroyo  HOMETOWN: Ensenada B.C Mexico   HOW LONG: 30 years  OCCUPATION: Tour guide & surf instructor   BIO: I love the ocean. I am a diver, surfer, sailor and tour guide. I have my own surf school,  www.surfensenada.com.  People from the cruise ships and tourists from Canada and the U.S contact me for surf lesson… Read more »

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #13, Santa Rosa de las Palmas (1733-1748)

By David Kier www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’    In 1724, Padre Jaime Bravo of the mission at La Paz heard of a ranchería (settlement) of Uchití natives (a Guaycura Indian group) some 50 miles to the south and two miles from the Pacific Ocean. Padre Bravo found the… Read more »

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #12, San José del Cabo Añuití (1730-1748 & 1768-1840)

By David Kier www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’  The 12th California mission was planned for the land of the Pericú and to provide support for the Manila galleons. The Jesuit Visitador General, Padre José de Echeverría chose Padre Nicolás Tamaral from the La Purísima mission to open the new… Read more »

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #11, San Ignacio de Kadakaamán (1728-1840)

By David Kier www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’    The mission of San Ignacio de Kadakaamán was founded in 1728 by Padre Juan Bautista de Luyando as the 11th Spanish mission in California. San Ignacio was the northernmost mission for the next 23 years and today is the most… Read more »