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Sep 12, 2014, 10:40 AM

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Jesuit California

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As this is a new thread here, please let me explain.

I have been, for several years, extremely interested in the missions established in Lower and Upper California. I've had two novels published about the founding of the California Missions in a series titled Father Serra's Legacy.

In writing those novels, I also became quite interested in Don Fernando de Rivera y Moncada who was the commandant and governor of California for 15 years under the Jesuits and who became a leader in the exploration of Upper California and helped in the founding of some missions by the Franciscans. He was also, for a time, a governor of Upper California, in spite of his birth as a Criollo. In conducting research on Don Fernando, I encountered a book called Antigua California which discussed in great length the Jesuit exploration and control of what is now Baja California.

With that in mind, I decided to share some of what I've learned in blog posts on my blog, Father Serra's History.

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I've just posted Part VII of The California Jesuits How Did They Do It?

Father Mayorga finds himself in the midst of the rugged central Baja California mountains with only his soldier/companion and a bunch of naked savages. Read it at Ratings and comments encouraged.

I hope everybody enjoys this, as well as previous posts on that and other subjects.

For Information about Antigua y Nueva California, check out my blog, Father Serra's Legacy @

(This post was edited by sargentodiaz on Sep 12, 2014, 10:42 AM)

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