The California Missions

Please choose one topic from below and write a 3-5 page paper on it. Your essays should be typed, double-spaced with one inch margins in a reasonable font. Page suggestions are guidelines only. More is certainly acceptable. It might be difficult to cover a topic adequately in less than 3 pages. Feel free to reference your notes or books for the class. If you are using an assigned book, a brief parenthetical reference is fine eg. (Rawls, California p. 85). If you are using a different source you need to write a formal reference eg. Hunt Jackson, Helen , A Century of Dishonor. 1903, pp. 21-24. You should not need to do any outside research to write a strong essay.

1. The California Missions have been the subject of considerable debate throughout their long history. Four authors in particular focused upon both the purpose and the result of the Mission in California. Please compare and contrast the points of view of Jean Francois Galaup de La Perouse, Helen Hunt Jackson, Sherbourne F. Cook, and Father Maynard F. Geiger. Be sure to discuss the motivations of each author. What is your  opinion of the California mission, and why do you feel that way?

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