Yesterday was the last day of school, at least for my daughter's fourth-grade class. In California, one of the topics for fourth grade is the history of the state. The 21 Spanish missions built from 1769 to 1823 along El Camino Real (The Royal Road, also known as The King's Highway, much of which is now US 101) are a central part of California's history. The first mission was Mission San Diego de Alcalá, near present-day San Diego. My daughter's final report for the school year was on Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad and last week I accompanied her class on a field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista.
Today's Featured Map shows California's 21 missions along El Camino Real and is dedicated to the school children who are our future and to their teachers, wherever they are and whatever local history they may be studying.
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