Course Overview

Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo began scouting the California Peninsula for ports as early as the 16th century. Learn about the Spanish explorer’s accomplishments and discoveries on his quest to colonize for Spain. Jesuit Priests arrived in the late 17th century to Christianize the Native peoples and colonize the region for Spain. Many of their missions are still standing today. Hear the little-known stories of one of the descendants of the first Spanish soldiers to accompany them. Understand how a major religious conflict changed the course of history in Baja California and later San Diego, and the role Jesuit missionaries played on the Peninsula. 

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