Journey to the Sun

Journey to the Sun

Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California

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The narrative of the remarkable life of Junipero Serra, the intrepid priest who led Spain and the Catholic Church into California in the 1700s and became a key figure in the making of the American West. In the year 1749, at the age of thirty-six, Junipero Serra left his position as a highly regarded priest in Spain for the turbulent and dangerous New World, knowing he would never return. The Spanish Crown and the Catholic Church both sought expansion in Mexico--the former in search of gold, the latter seeking souls--as well as entry into the mysterious land to the north called "California." By his death at age seventy-one, Serra had traveled more than 14,000 miles on land and sea through the New World--much of that distance on a chronically infected and painful foot--baptized and confirmed 6,000 Indians, and founded nine of California's twenty-one missions, with his followers establishing the rest.
Published: New York :, Scribner,, 2014.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451642728
Branch Call Number: 979.401 ORF
Characteristics: viii, 465 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm


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"When the music stopped, the only commandment you got was not to walk into the Pacific and drown yourself. You were now a Californian; you were at the sheer end of the world."


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