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Western Americana
Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California
 
 
Author
Gregory Orfalea.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781451642728
Pages/Publication Date 465/2014
Daedalus Item Code 42151
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The author of the Arab American Book Award–winning memoir Angeleno Days, Gregory Orfalea here gives us the remarkable life of Junípero Serra, the diminutive yet intrepid priest who, in 1749, at the age of 36, left Spain on a mission to the New World, knowing he would never return. He was sent into the mysterious land called California, where for the next 35 years his faith, determination, and humility enabled him to travel some 14,000 miles and to found nine missions—including San Diego, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Clara, and San Francisco. Orfalea's poetic and incisive biography weaves strands of European history, Catholic doctrine, and anthropology.

"This sympathetic portrait of the well-meaning though flawed priest ... sifts carefully through the record.... A doggedly researched and fulsomely argued biography."—Kirkus Reviews

"Orfalea reveals the sheer toughness, courage, and even fanaticism of his subject, as Serra founds a series of missions, often traveling in solitude while plagued by a severely ulcerated leg. As Orfalea acknowledges, the results for the Indians who were attached to the missions were mixed and certainly did not prevent the demographic collapse of the Indian population. Still, this admiring and admirable biography pays tribute to an essential figure in the early development of California."—Booklist

 
 
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