(Digital) California Missions Timeline



Alta California 1768 to 1853

A definitive timeline showing the key dates and major events in the early years of California. Cover meticulously researched by mission scholars.

This engaging timeline begins in 1768, when the Spanish began planning a five-part expedition to settle what they called Alta California and extends through 1853 when Archbishop J. S. Alemany filed a petition for the return of all former mission land, a process that would take decades to resolve.

6.5″ x 7.25″ unfolding panels highlight the important dates, significant events and intriguing facts in each of nine major eras, beginning with the Founding Era 1768-1770.

The timeline also includes a map of Alta California, showing the location of all 21 missions, 4 presidios (forts) and 3 pueblos (free standing towns) established during the mission era.

A special panel details the fate of each mission after secularization.

The California Missions’ Timeline contains eleven original mission event drawings by A.B. Dodge and Alexander Harmer, colorized for this product.

This product is available as a digital download.