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Author: David Kier

This book contains a detailed history of the activities by the Spanish and others attempting to colonize the peninsula of California from 1535 to 1855. Over 125 photographs, maps, and drawings, provide the reader with a view of the actions of the Spanish Empire using missions to colonize California. The author’s research resulted in new discoveries and facts which are included in this look at the history and the present conditions of the twenty-seven peninsula missions; many relocated to multiple sites. The nearly 200 missionaries who served in Baja California between 1683 and 1855 are also named. This book covers the period from the discovery of California in the 1530s through the establishment of all twenty-seven missions in Baja California to when the last missionaries left in 1855.

This guidebook is glove-box or backpack friendly and contains the GPS way-points for the mission sites. The book is made to be easy to use, easy to read and contains a full list of reference books in back, as well as an index.



David Kier

David Kier’s fascination with the peninsula of Baja California began during his first childhood trip there during 1960s. Direct contact with the historic sites such as the missions and El Camino Real inspired him to learn more about what happened in this rugged land so many years ago. Kier’s studies inspired him to write a series of detailed mission articles that led to the natural course of combining them into a single source of reference for those who are interested in the colorful past of the peninsula of California.


  • Categories: History/Lore/Native Americans, Mexico/Baja California, Outdoor/Travel/Trail Maps.
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 244
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5
  • ISBN: 9781495191213
  • Year Published: 2016
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: M & E Books

Baja California, Land of Missions

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