Alison Lake

Alison Lake writes for magazines and newspapers on a variety of topics, including history, culture, travel, and parenting. Her work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Washington Woman, and The World & I Magazine, among others. She lives in Herndon, Virginia.

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Colonial Rosary · The Spanish and Indian Missions of California
By Alison Lake

California would be a different place today without the imprint of Spanish culture and the legacy of Indian civilization. The colonial Spanish missions that dot the coast and foothills between Sonoma and San Diego are relics of a past that transformed California’s landscape and its people. In a spare and accessible style, Colonial Rosary looks at the complexity of California’s Indian civilization and the social effects of missionary control.

“It is to Alison Lake’s credit in her richly documented and well-written history that for all the sins and transgressions, we come away more rather than less intrigued with the California missions.”

Victor Davis Hanson, author of The Land Was Everything