282 pages
Maps, B&W photos
6 x 9
Pub date Jan 2002

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First Mission and Capital of Spanish California
by Ann & Don O'Neil

This story of the "Plymouth Rock of California" begins with the lives of the indiginous population of the Baja peninsula and goes on to describe the Spanish and European settlement of the area, and the various Catholic Orders' efforts to establish a mission system. The book brings the reader into the 21st century with a rich collection of oral histories of life and change in this fascinating region.

A comprehensive yet easy-to-read history about the colorful 300-year-old town that was California’s first Capital. "Loreto, Baja California" contains a wealth of historical information, and, skillfully woven into the narrative, authentic voices from the past century, taken from interviews with those who lived through the town’s growth from tiny pueblo to popular tourist destination. Dozens of rare photographs and illustrations enliven the text, and a thorough Baja California bibliography and index complete this indispensable reference.