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Saints of California: A Guide to Places and Their Patrons

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A striking feature of California is the frequency with which its natural landmarks and cities are named for Christian saints. Many place names are traceable to the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Spanish navigators, soldiers, and friars who christened the geographical sites they crossed and the missions and presidios they founded as they sought to secure California under Spanish rule. These explorers and the settlers who followed them often named sites for the saint whose feast day fell on the day the location was named.

The authors highlight the appearances of more than ninety saints' names--from San Agustin to San Ysidro--in present-day California. A sketch of the historical origin for each place name is followed by a brief overview of the life of the saint for whom it is named. This handy little volume will be a valued source for anyone interested in the fascinating history of the Golden State.

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California's geography is replete with saints' names from its Hispanic heritage. In this pocket guide, the Mornins (Edward is a professor emeritus of German, U. of British Columbia; Lorna is a former researcher at UBC) present alphabetical entries with color illustrations on place names from San Augustin (St. Augustine) to San Ysidro (St. Isidore), neither of whom rated major places named after them like St. Francis (Saint Francisco) or St. Joseph (San Jose). Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"San Francisco, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara. How did all these Spanish saints' names come to pepper the map of California? This handy reference guide features more than ninety entries on the Golden State's namesake saints. It includes fascinating historical information from Old California on the origins of each name, color illustrations of each saint from paintings and other artworks, and a synopsis of the saint's life."--Cover, p. [4].

Synopsis:

A striking feature of California is the frequency with which its natural landmarks and cities are named for Christian saints. Many place names are traceable to the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Spanish navigators, soldiers, and friars who christened the geographical sites they crossed and the missions and presidios they founded as they sought to secure California under Spanish rule. These explorers and the settlers who followed them often named sites for the saint whose feast day fell on the day the location was named.

The authors highlight the appearances of more than ninety saints' names--from San Agustin to San Ysidro--in present-day California. A sketch of the historical origin for each place name is followed by a brief overview of the life of the saint for whom it is named. This handy little volume will be a valued source for anyone interested in the fascinating history of the Golden State.

About the Author

Edward Mornin is Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Lorna Mornin is a former lecturer and research scientist at the same university. They are the authors of Saints: A Visual Guide.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892369843
Author:
Mornin, Edward
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Author:
Mornin, Lorna
Author:
null, Lorna
Author:
null, Edward
Subject:
California History To 1846.
Subject:
California History, Local.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Christianity - Catholic
Subject:
Christianity - History - Catholic
Subject:
History, American | Western
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
90 color illustrations
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.25 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Christianity » Church History » General
Religion » Christianity » Saints
Religion » Christianity » Saints and Sainthood

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Product details 192 pages Getty Publications - English 9780892369843 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "San Francisco, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara. How did all these Spanish saints' names come to pepper the map of California? This handy reference guide features more than ninety entries on the Golden State's namesake saints. It includes fascinating historical information from Old California on the origins of each name, color illustrations of each saint from paintings and other artworks, and a synopsis of the saint's life."--Cover, p. [4].
"Synopsis" by , A striking feature of California is the frequency with which its natural landmarks and cities are named for Christian saints. Many place names are traceable to the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Spanish navigators, soldiers, and friars who christened the geographical sites they crossed and the missions and presidios they founded as they sought to secure California under Spanish rule. These explorers and the settlers who followed them often named sites for the saint whose feast day fell on the day the location was named.

The authors highlight the appearances of more than ninety saints' names--from San Agustin to San Ysidro--in present-day California. A sketch of the historical origin for each place name is followed by a brief overview of the life of the saint for whom it is named. This handy little volume will be a valued source for anyone interested in the fascinating history of the Golden State.

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