Posts Categorized: Missions of Baja California

The Mission Walker: Trekking El Camino Real

When she was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer, Edie Littlefield Sundby was given three months to live. In response, she beat the cancer and decided to walk the 800-mile Alta California Mission trail from San Diego to Sonoma. When the cancer returned, she beat it again and then decided to walk the other 800 miles of… Read more »

Peninsula Picks: 5 of the Best Baja Missions

Loreto mission

The Spanish Jesuits, Franciscans, and Dominicans established 27 missions on the Baja California peninsula during their time colonizing the “New World.” Many of the Baja missions have been reduced to not much more than piles of rubble or a few adobe remains, but there are a few that have remained intact over the centuries. Here are… Read more »

Baja California Land of Missions

Baja California Land of Missions David Kier copy

We’re pleased to announce the release of “Baja California Land of Missions,” a new book written by David Kier about the Spanish missions on the Baja peninsula. This 243-page work is a detailed history of the activities begun by the Spanish Empire, commissioning several orders of Catholic priests, and others, in an attempt to colonize… Read more »

Jesuits at Baja California Missions

Baja Missions

Jesuits at Baja California Missions, 1697-1768. By David Kier ©2015 During the seventy years of their administration of the California missions, Jesuit priests founded, operated, and managed 17 missions. Eight missions were moved after their founding, usually to better water supplies. Four of the missions that were moved over 15 miles from their founding site… Read more »

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #27, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (1834-1840)

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Mission Baja California

Ojá Coñúrr (Painted Rock) was the native Indian name for the location of the final mission in both Baja and Alta California. Mexico had won its independence from Spain in 1821. Dominican Padre Felix Caballero named this new mission in honor Mexico’s patron saint, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. The founding date has been given as… Read more »

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #26, El Descanso (1810-1834)

El Descanso Mission Baja Californi

By David Kierwww.vivabaja.comCo-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’    The history of El Descanso is told without the usual documentation available for most missions. From the few notes and letters that have survived, we know that Padre Tomás de Ahumada arrived to his new post at Mission San Miguel in mid… Read more »

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #25, Santa Catalina Virgen y Mártir (1797-1839)

Santa Catalina mission Baja

By David Kierwww.vivabaja.comCo-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’  The Mission Santa Catalina story begins with the actions of Padre Juan Crisóstomo Gómez while serving as Dominican President from 1790 to 1793. Padre Gómez had recently completed the construction of the great stone church of Mission San Ignacio, and also had practiced… Read more »

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #24, San Pedro Mártir de Verona (1794-1811)

San Pedro Mártir de Verona Mission Baja California

By David Kierwww.vivabaja.comCo-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’    By the end of 1791, the first five Dominican California missions were established along El Camino Real, securing the corridor between the peninsula and San Diego. The interior could now be brought under control with ‘mountain missions.’ The Indian attacks would be… Read more »