The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #15, Santa Gertrudis (1752-1822)

By David Kier http://www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’    Fifteen years passed by before the Jesuits were able to establish another mission, and the first one in the northern half of the California peninsula. Padre Fernando Consag had made expeditions seeking potential mission sites, and was baptizing natives in…

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #14, San Luis Gonzaga Chiriyaqui (1737-1768)

By David Kier http://www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’  Mission San Luis Gonzaga is on the Magdalena Plain of Baja California Sur. In 1721, it was originally established as a visita, or satellite visiting chapel of the mission of Los Dolores Apaté. The Guaycura Indian name for the oasis was…

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #7, Nuestra Señora del Pilar de la Paz (1720-1748 at Airapí, 1748-1840 at Todos Santos)

  By David Kier http://www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’    The seventh California mission was founded by two Jesuit padres: Jaime Bravo and Juan de Ugarte. The site was near the shore of La Paz Bay and locally known as Airapí. The journey to La Paz began at Loreto…

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #6, La Purísima Concepción de Cadegomó (1720-1822)

  By David Kier http://www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’    The sixth California mission was founded on January 1, 1720 by Jesuit Padre Nicolás Tamaral at a site originally discovered in 1712 by Padre Piccolo while exploring southwest from Mulegé. The mission prospered for several years and the Cochimí…

DBTC Staff Peninsula Picks: Baja Food

When Thanksgiving comes around, we can’t help but think about food all the time. Here are some of our favorite Baja foods that we can’t get enough of when we’re on the peninsula, and dream about when we’re not. ¡Buen provecho!   “Chile rellenos. My favorites are the ones at Los Pelicanos in Rosarito.” -Carol…