Life in a California Mission, by de La Perouse, Jean Francois
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- ISBN: 9780930588397 | 0930588398
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 4/3/2018
On the afternoon of September 14, 1786, two French ships appeared off the coast of Monterey, the first foreign vessels to visit Spain's California coonies. Aboard was a party of eminent scientists, navigators, cartographers, illustrators, and physicians. For the next ten days the expedition's commander, Jean Francois de la Perouse, took detailed notes on the life and character of the area: its abundant wildlife, the labors of soldiers and monks, and the customs of Indians recently drawn into the mission. These observations provide a startling portrayal of California two centuries ago. "A remarkable essay on the nature and character of mission life in California". -- AB Bookman's Weekly