Happy Birthday Junipero Serra

Junipero Serra, the zealous Spanish priest whose influence on California’s history and architecture continues to this day, was born on November 24, 1713 in Majorca, Spain.  As a missionary in North America, Serra founded a total of nine missions from San Diego to San Francisco, forming the base of 21 missions throughout California.  He often clashed with the Spanish military and colonial administrators, given his stance to protect the Native Americans.  In 1780, when Spain declared war on the British during the American Revolutionary War, Serra cheered for the North American rebels, “We prayed fervently last evening for the success of the colonists under George Washington, because we believe their cause is just and that the Great Redeemer is on their side.”  (Image of the statue of Junipero Serra in the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC)

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