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Unit 4: Carmel Mission


Carmel Mission

Film Focus Point: This program describes the life and struggles of life in a Spanish mission for the missionaries and the Native Americans, with special focus on Blessed Junipero Serra.

Text Focus Point: Pages 164-168

Discussion Questions

  1. Why do you think the Spanish government thought the mission system would be the best way to convert Indians in Alta California to Christianity?

  2. What conflicts may have occurred due to the goals of the Spanish government and the goals of the Franciscan missionaries?

  3. How was the establishment of the missions in the United States important to the nation’s history? To Church history?

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