Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Santa Margarita De Cortona Asistencia: A Forgotten Missionary Foundation along California's El Camino Real

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Santa Margarita De Cortona Asistencia: A Forgotten Missionary Foundation along California's El Camino Real

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Weber, Francis J. Santa Margarita de Cortona Asistencia: A Forgotten Missionary Foundation Along California's El Camino Real. (Mission Hills, California: Saint Francis Historical Society. 2003. Pp. 45. $7.00 paperback.)

Monsignor Weber, noted historian of the California missions, has filled an important gap in the history of Franciscan evangelization on the Pacific Coast. As he points out, the twenty-one missions of coastal California have all been well documented, beginning with the series by Zephyrin Engelhardt and continued by others. However, the two briefly occupied Garces missions of the Colorado River and the outlying chapels of the coastal missions have received much less attention. The latter were important in the conversion and support of the Indian neophyte population.

This book is much more than a history of a single asistencia. Weber succinctly clarifies and defines the differences between mission estancias and asistencias, with lists of each with its founding date. He provides brief sketches of the development of each asistencia, the background of the patroness of the establishment, and the connection of Santa Margarita with the Serra family and Mallorca. …

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