The Peralta Adobe is San José's oldest address. Built
in 1797, the Peralta Adobe is the last remaining structure from
El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe.
Interactive Internet Field Trip
In May of 1995, some bicyclists road along the El Camino (King's
Highway) between 12 of the California Missions. They kept up
an internet dialog with 4th grade students in Palo Alto.
California Missions Resource Center
Your comprehensive guide to discovering the history behind the California missions and the people who founded and shaped the character of California.
El Camino de San Jose
El Camino nominally links the missions, but Mission San Josˇ in Fremont is nowhere near today's El Camino Real. So what route did early Californians take from Mission Santa Clara to Mission San José? It goes along Main Street and Milpitas Boulevard in Milpitas!
4th Grade California Mission Projects: A Thought Experiment for Parents, Educators, and Students
The Mission Unit is a powerfully authoritative indoctrination in Mission Mythology against which fourth graders have little if any resistance, and intense pressure is put upon students (and their parents) to create a "Mission Project" that glorifies the era and glosses over both Spanish and Mexican exploitation of Indians, as well as American enslavement of those same Indians during American rule.
History of Mexican Americans in California
Hispanic settlement of what is now California began in 1769 when
the Presidio and Catholic mission of San Diego were established.
Juan Bautista De Anza
National Historic Trail. In 1775-76 he led a contingent of 30
soldiers and their families to found a presidio and mission on
the San Francisco Bay. Here is a map
showing where he came to Milpitas.
The Franciscans came to California not merely to convert the
tribes to Christianity but to train them for life in a European
colonial society. Conversion was seldom an entirely voluntary
The agony of the tradition of 4th grade Mission model building.
The author wonders: What does this really teach? By David Templeton
A 200-year old adobe home in the heart of downtown San Jose.
This page tells you about its history.
Photo Gallery of California Missions & Other Hispanic Sites
A good site to begin your research into historic Spanish California.
Contact information for dozens of historic places of this era.
Spanish Missions of California
The Spaniards, who had already colonized parts of Mexico to the south, wanted to protect those colonies and extend their influence northward. The Roman Catholic church wanted to convert Native Americans to Christianity. The mission system supported both goals.
Web de Anza
Primary source documents and multimedia resources covering Juan
Bautista de Anza's two overland expeditions from the Sonoran
desert to northern California, leading to the colonization of
San Francisco in 1776.