Welcome to California Frontier. If you want to learn more about California’s mission era, you have come to the right place.
What do a warrior queen, north African pirates, and the city of San Francisco have in common? They are all connected to the origin of the name “California.”
The winter solstice illuminations are a fascinating and little-known aspect of the California missions. This is the story of my trip to witness this phenomenon.
Recently I began recording a series of interviews for a new podcast I will be launching as part of California Frontier. For one of the first interviews, I had the pleasure of visiting Greg Bernal Smestad. Greg has made it his mission to preserve and maintain the heritage his ancestors, who came to California with […]
A few nights ago I attended a community meeting aimed at designating my county as a National Heritage Area. Throughout the United States, from Alaska to West Virginia, there are over 60 National Heritage Areas. Not one is in California.
Last year I wrote about Craig Alan Huber’s quest to document the places associated with the life of Junípero Serra. His gorgeous book is now in print and available at a discount to CaliforniaFrontier.net readers. Below you will find the original post with an update about where you can purchase the book: Craig Alan Huber […]
For most of the 17th and 18th centuries Spanish ships dominated the Pacific. But her rivals Russia and England were busy contesting that dominance. Who would be the first to settle California?