|Subject: Re: Historical Travel|
Living here in California affords us the possibility of visiting a fantastic historic route-the 21 missions founded by the Franciscan order under the lead of Fr. Junípero Serra. But the history of the Catholic Church's missions in the New World are hardly confined to the state of California nor to the Franciscan order. Fabulously historic missions can be visited all throughout the American Southwest, from Santa Fe to Tucson to San Antonio.
And there's no reason to limit yourself to the United States. Baja California has some wonderful missions (and ruins of missions) in some incredibly remote locations. In the Sierra Gorda Mountains of Querétaro, Mexico one can find missions founded by Fr. Serra before his journeys to Alta California.
And the mission trail continues through Central America on into the Southern Hemisphere through Brazil and Argentina.
These historic sites have been utilized as the setting for such works as Willa Cather's novel Death Comes for the Archbishop and Roland Joffé's movie The Mission.
John in San Diego