California Missions' Impact on People

Excerpt of Pablo Tac's dictionary and Pablo Tac’s Writings, c. 1840. University of California Press. Pablo Tac, ed. By James Luna and Lisbeth Haas. Pablo Tac, Indigenous Scholar: Writing on Luiseño Language and Colonial History, c. 1840 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011), pp. 181, 183.

How did Various People Living in California Experience the Missions?

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This lesson introduces students to some of the lifeways of Native Californian communities before the arrival of newcomers (Europeans and Americans). It addresses the ways that foreign contact changed Native people’s lives during the Spanish mission period, including changes to their cultures and the impacts of disease and European plants and animals on Native populations. It also examines shifts in the California economy in the late 1700s and early 1800s, and it introduces students to the life experiences of all people in California during the colonial period (1770s to 1830s).