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California missions

California missions: Rediscovering the birthplace of modern California

Attention, fourth-graders. If you want to make a model of a handsome, historic California building that was built for a simple purpose and produced entirely positive results, consider a lighthouse. But if you want to explore how California came to look and behave the way it does, how civilizations...

Photos of the California Missions

Native Americans and the Missions

Explore all of California's 21 famed missions