The California Museum in Sacramento is hosting an exhibition about the California Missions. Entitleed " California Missions, A Journey along the El Camino Real", this is a must for California natives.
Most California know from school that Spain sent missionaries to the lower California about the time of the American Revolution on the East coast. These missions were meant to help the Native American population accept Christianity and assimilate into the then contemporary world.
The El Camino Real is the name of the road or highway of which these missions were built. Beginning in San Diego and ending in San Francisco, these buildings are examples of the Spanish Moorish architecture.
The actual mission were run by Franciscan monks or priests, while men such as General Vallejo supported or protected the various missions in their own territory. There is no mission in Sacramento as it was not under Spanish/Mexican rule. The closest is the one in Sonoma were Vallejo lived with his family until the Bear Flag revolution.
These are both historical sites as well as cultural inheritance of the people who lived in them. This is an official California State Museum exhibition with accredited sources and exhibitions to support the actual events.
The California museum is located at 1020 O street in downtown Sacramento. The admission is $8.50 for general public with discounts applying. Their website is www.californiamusuem.org. The exhibition continues through April 27, 2014.
This is a great time to experience the past of Spanish speaking California as well as to view contemporary arts of the Native Americans of California, there were many different groups throughout who were not related to each other.
The other occupants of California were the Russians from the north who owned Alaska at the time, as well as various foreign interests who were trading at the San Francisco port with the official representative of Spain and them Mexico until the rebellion of the "white" men against their rulers for independence in the 1840's.