The last few years have seen restorations of some of the 21 missions which are an integral part of California's tradition. This book is planned to supplement the standard text by George Wharton James (In and Out of the Old Missions). In the introductory chapters the historical background of California early history is given; then in geographical order, the stories of the 21 missions are told, with their significance in the religious, the military and the civil life of the natives and the colonists. The Padres were farmers, cattlemen, manufacturers, traders, innkeepers as well as preachers and teachers, and in their 65 years they made a deep mark on American history. The publishers have made a beautiful book of this, with fine binding, excellent typography and lovely photographs. Local interest and travel.