The Quest for Gold

When Christopher Columbus returned home with news of his discovery, ships of many nations set sail for the New World with various agendas. Spain, quite unabashedly, went in quest of gold.  They found it in Mexico—where the natives who came out to greet Hernan Cortez were wearing it. It is ironic, then, that neither Continue reading The Quest for Gold

First Christmas in California

In 1768, Father Junipero Serra was appointed to build a chain of missions in Spain’s vast—but as yet un-colonized—territory known as Alta California. Serra’s associate Father Juan Crespi, who arrived in San Diego overland from Baja California on May 14, 1769, recorded the first Christmas celebration in the new land. Continue reading First Christmas in California