Introduction -- Spanish Colonial Missions of the Southwest Travel Itinerary
Descriptions of each featured destination on the List of Sites highlight the significance of the places, their stories, and how the sites have changed over time. Photographs, other illustrations, and information for planning your visit are also included.
Essays written by experts in the study of Spanish colonial missions provide the historical background behind why Spanish and European religious orders founded mission communities among American Indian tribes.The essays eloquently communicate both the historic significance of these sites and how the architecture and preservation of missions have become important to how Americans understand their past.
Maps help visitors plan what to see and do and get directions to places to visit.
The Learn More section provides links to relevant tourism, history, preservation, general information, and other relevant websites, making it easy to plan your visit. This section also provides a bibliography for those interested in learning more about each region's Spanish colonial history.
Last updated: April 15, 2016