Autographed Copy! By Steven W. Hackel, co-curator of Junípero Serra and the Legacies of California Missions that opened August 17, at the Huntington!
Beginning with Serra’s years in Mallorca as a priest and professor, exploring his time in Mexico working in the Sierra Gorda and as an itinerant preacher, and detailing his final years on the California coast as an uncompromising missionary and shrewd administrator, the book reveals Serra’s potent blend of Franciscan piety and worldly cunning. A man of indomitable will, Serra outmaneuvered a series of royal officials to establish himself as the great mission builder of his time. But for all his success in bringing Spanish customs and Christian beliefs to Native Americans on the Pacific coast, his legacy today is highly contested. On the 300th anniversary of Serra’s birth, Hackel’s biography presents a complex, authoritative study of a man whose life continues to be celebrated and denounced.
Steven W. Hackel is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Riverside, and the author of the award-winning Children of Coyote, Missionaries of Saint Francis: Indian-Spanish Relations in Colonial California,1769-1850. He is the general editor of the Huntington Library's Early California Population Project and directs a project in digital history, the Early California Cultural Atlas. He is co-curator of the Huntington Library's exhibit, Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions. He lives in Pasadena, California.
Hardback. 352 pages.