Apolinaria Lorenzana and the California Missions

The California missions transformed California. A short video discusses the missions, their purpose, how they eventually lost their power, and what happened to Native Americans when the missions closed. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners create journal entries from the perspective of a Native American at a mission 
  • Pair with a lesson on Spanish imperialism or during Hispanic Heritage Month
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free PBS account
  • Uses primary sources such as interviews to add interest and authenticity
  • The video does a good job of explaining the difficulties Native Americans faced 
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