The storm-tossed caravel ship San Salvador passed the coastline of Point Pinos in 1542 and propelled Portuguese shipwright and sailor Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo into history with the discovery of Alta California for the Spanish crown. An enduring legacy followed with Fr. Junipero Serra’s landing in San Diego and the founding of his first mission in 1769. Into Alta California entered explorers, soldiers, and Franciscan missionaries bringing their culture, faith and intent to colonize the New World.
Father Serra’s 1770 journey to Monterey, carefully planned in Mexico City, involved the arrival of a few hundred intrepid travelers over land and sea to secure Alta California’s new capital. A small group consecrated Mission San Carlos de Borromeo in the pine-forested flat of New Spain’s presidio. The momentum of the missions over the next 80 years resulted in California’s statehood and in the raising of the American flag in Monterey by 1850.
Highlights of Missions of Monterey include:
• The Treasure of Monterey: Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Rio Carmelo
• Place of Perfect Peace: Mission San Antonio de Padua
• Solace of Soledad: Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad
• San Carlos Cathedral: La Capilla Real
• Eastern Exposure: Mission San Juan Bautista
• Missions Past and Present: Touring El Camino Real
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