California Missions Notes Set up your piece of binder paper vertically like this (you may need to use the back too):. Notes:. BSQs:. Summary :. Junipero Serra.
1. How did the Native Americans greet the Spaniards when they first arrived in California?
2. Conversely, how did the Spaniards treat the Native Americans while in the missions?
Being Catholic and honoring their faith was the primary focus on the Spanish missionaries.
Much of the original structures of the missions still stand today, although some have been affected by earthquakes and harsh weather conditions.
“The Spanish colonization of California, starting in 1769, caused a social, economic and ecological upheaval that still sends aftershocks through the region today. With the subsequent Mexican era of the great ranchos, the flora, fauna and human life of Santa Barbara was altered dramatically and forever.”
“Gifts, such as beads, breads, metal goods like needles and knives, blankets, clothes and agricultural goods had originally lured these natives to the missions.”
“The Chumash social structure that evolved over thousands of years had endured famine induced by drought and other vagaries of nature that caused the native people hardship.”
“The Chumash tried to escape from this oppressive situation. Their labor was so important to the Spanish colonists that the soldiers even tracked the fleeing natives as far as the Central Valley of Ca. to bring them back, shackled and beaten to work in the missions as slaves.
* BSQ: How do you think the treatment of natives during this time has affected the relationship between NAs and anglos today? Should it still have an effect and why or why not?
BSQ: Why do you think the Native American stories were “lost”?