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Drawing Board  Marco Polo | Maya Culture | Path Finders & Mission Builders
"Pathfinders & Mission Builders of the Frontiers in New Spain" by Eddie Martinez
Since the mid-16th century, when Juan Rodeiguez Cabrillo explored the coastal shores of Alta California, the region became the New Spanish frontier for the future settlements of Franciscan missions, military presidios, and family communities.

Researched & Illustrated by Eddie Martinez/© 2004 All rights reserved.
In 1683, Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino, as the appointed royal cosmographer, explored Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. After failed settlements, Father Kino traveled north from Sonora where he explored and founded missions in Primeria Alta Frontera until 1711.