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[*] posted on 2-23-2016 at 08:51 PM
NEW BOOK: Baja California Land of Missions: Have your copy yet?




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Baja California Land of Missions by David Kier, M & E Books www.oldmissions.com
“As a writer and a 20-year full time resident of Baja California Sur I’ve had a chance to become acquainted with the author and his life-long love affair with the peninsula and its missions. It was that unflagging love of adventure and travel that caused him to amass an amazing library of current and historical documents about the peninsula and the missions which he shares with uncountable numbers of Bajaphiles through affinity forums and social media groups.

“Baja California Land of Missions is a unique and handy summary of existing data about a place and time which defies examination and description; some of the planet’s harshest landscapes where alone a few hardy souls dared to challenge and rare crumbling 300-hundred-year-old manuscripts which tell a garbled tale of daunting travel in the new world.

“The book chronicles the missions on the peninsula. Readers will learn more about the missionaries, the storied Camino Real, the process, the setbacks, the suffering and those who plan to travel the mission chain will feel the centuries slipping away with the guide book in hand. It will surely become the Vade Mecum of this historical and archeological museum; the 800 miles of stunning cathedrals and relic ruin foundations that lured Mr. Kier and so many others to take the path rarely chosen.

“David’s friends and followers will buy two copies: one for the car, jeep, backpack, saddlebag and another for their home library where it will be safe, protected and cherished so it can become the perfect gift one day for their kids and grandkids – history books are rarely complete as new findings become available but this book is truly an heirloom edition because so little evidence remains to be uncovered. The book may hold its historical certitude and relevance for many decades to come. Don’t miss this one.”
George Bergin, Respected Baja California Commentator ‘Osprey’ at www.bajanomad.com
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“I have written two books and numerous articles about Baja and wish this book was available when I was doing my research. Inveterate Baja buff David Kier has created the consummate guide to the historic missions of Baja California. He explains and/or dispels long-established rumors and guesswork about the missions and the dedicated padres who established them. The fine maps and photos help make this book an easy to digest reference guide.”

* Greg Niemann, Author: Baja Legends; Baja Fever; and more www.gregniemann.com
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“With his great passion for Baja California history, especially its mission history, author David Kier is well qualified to write a concise yet comprehensive guide to the missions founded on the peninsula by the Jesuit, Franciscan, and Dominican Orders. This handsome and handy volume represents a fine attempt to achieve that goal, provoke discussion, and place the Baja missions in a broader historical and geographical context.”

* Graham Mackintosh, Author: Into a Desert Place; Journey with a Baja Burro; Nearer My Dog to Thee; Marooned with very little Beer www.grahammackintosh.com
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>>> M & E Books is proud to announce the publication of Baja California Land of Missions written by David Kier. This 243-page work is a detailed history of the activities begun by the Spanish Empire, commissioning several orders of Catholic priests, and others, in an attempt to colonize the peninsula of California between 1535 and 1855. All twenty-seven missions are detailed as well as the satellite visita outposts and the more obscure, little-known, associated sites. The padres who served at each mission are listed along with the years they served. The El Camino Real mission road is discussed. Why the missions failed and what happened since they closed is also told. GPS waypoints for each mission and additional places of historic interest are provided. The mythical lost missions are detailed as well. Over 125 photographs, drawings and maps will visually take the reader to the missions as they were, and as they are now. A reference list of books plus detailed index will assist in further mission study or research.
ISBN 978-1-4951-9121-3

Order from http://oldmissions.com Prices on the site for U.S.; Canada & Mexico; and other countries with sales tax and shipping included! PayPal, Credit/Debit cards, or a PO Box to mail in checks or money orders is available.

Distributors, books stores, or organizations, contact us about discounts for volume orders: oldmissions@gmail.com

Also available at Discover Baja Travel Club (members and non-members) in San Diego on Governor Dr.; as well as the Mission San Luis Rey Gift Shop in Oceanside, at the mission, just off Hwy. 76 at Rancho del Oro, 4 miles east of I-5


Some samples from inside the book....















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[Edited on 5-24-2016 by David K]




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[*] posted on 2-29-2016 at 12:20 PM


Thanks for the book. Great read!




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[*] posted on 3-5-2016 at 02:23 PM


I received my copy. Thanks for all the work that went into the book. Excellent photos and maps.
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[*] posted on 4-4-2016 at 07:43 PM


A second San Diego County distributor now sells Baja California Land of Missions, along with The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834

Mission San Luis Rey Gift Shop (in Oceanside off Hwy. 76, north at Rancho del Oro) joins Discover Baja Travel Club (in San Diego on Governor Dr.) in selling both books... (membership not required to shop Discover Baja, but membership offers a discount).

Here are our two books on the top shelf at the mission gift shop in Oceanside.




Thank you for your interest in the history of our favorite peninsula between 1533 and 1855!




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[*] posted on 4-5-2016 at 08:34 AM


Thanks for my book, DK.

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[*] posted on 4-12-2016 at 09:02 PM


I received the book a few weeks ago. Very well written and organized and full of early Baja information. Very enjoyable reading.
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[*] posted on 4-14-2016 at 01:31 PM


I do not have my copy yet...



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[*] posted on 4-14-2016 at 10:09 PM


If I use my nomad card, what's the discount price on the kindle edition?
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[*] posted on 4-15-2016 at 01:21 PM


Chuckie, thanks for the nice u2u.

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[*] posted on 4-16-2016 at 08:30 AM
A nice book review from a reader in Canada:


"David: I just received a copy of your new book, "Baja California: Land of Missions.” Thank you for all the hard work that went into this volume. It is certainly the best book written on the subject. You have done an excellent job in researching the material. I learned a lot about the history of all the missions and how they are tied together. I am a retired professor of historical geography. I served 12 years as the head of the department of Geography at the University of Calgary in Canada and for some 35 years as a professor. Over the last few years I have made several trips to Baja California and have traveled the peninsula from one end to the other. On these trips, understandably, I visited nearly all the old missions, but not San Borja. ... "



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[*] posted on 4-17-2016 at 09:43 AM
Sharing some of the front pages...


Here is a look at my Preface and Acknowledgement pages and one of the maps...

Many Baja Nomads were part of this project!









Books are shipped out 6 days a week. To order, go to www.oldmissions.com and use PayPal, Card, or mail a check to the P.O. box. We offer free shipping to U.S. addresses, and the sales tax is on us saving you about $7.00.

We have a Canada order choice and the rest of the world order choice that covers the additional cost of mailing above the domestic rate... click the drop down menu and your address country. www.oldmissions.com

More from M & E BOOKS:

In addition to this new book, we also have The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California by Kurillo & Kier (2012), There It Is: Baja! by Mike McMahan (1974), and Baja California by Ralph Hanc-ck (1953). All are new, uncirculated books. Not listed on the site, but available are Tom Miller's 1987 'The Baja Book III and Michael Humfreville's 2006 'In the Shadow of the Volcano'... email us if you would like either of those (new) books.

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[*] posted on 5-12-2016 at 05:00 PM


Baja California Land of Missions is about to go into its second printing!

This is in response to the request by Sunbelt Publications to distribute my new book through their huge network of book retailers. Very exciting!

I did make a couple of small edits based on Nomad feedback on San Borja and on the Santa Rosa/ Todos Santos location. I will share them all here soon. One link in the book (to the Harry Crosby El Camino Real Maps) was just changed (so I made a corrective edit for the second printing). Instead of depending on another's link, just go to the Harry Crosby El Camino Real link at my website www.vivabaja.com where I can easily update the link, should it change again!

The second printing also features a sponsor, a Baja travel related business we all can appreciate here on Baja Nomad!

Thank you for your great support of this intense and accurate story of the attempted colonization of the island/peninsula of California... 1533-1855.




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[*] posted on 5-16-2016 at 09:35 PM


Congrats DK!
Would like to order a copy please .. please email me instructions cabo"at"cabomagic.com




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[*] posted on 5-17-2016 at 08:37 AM


Quote: Originally posted by CaboMagic  
Congrats DK!
Would like to order a copy please .. please email me instructions cabo"at"cabomagic.com


I will... but for anyone else, it's no secret! Go to: www.oldmissions.com
Check to our PO Box, or online payment by Card or PayPal

Thank you. The book has more accurate information than any other book ever published on all 27 missions, plus the facts about the "lost missions" and more!




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[*] posted on 5-17-2016 at 01:08 PM


David, last week, during a visit with my Son and Granddaughter, they were "building a mission" as a project for her 4th Grade Missions study. On the kitchen table I found your Missions Book open, them studying the design and reading the section on her mission as they wanted to be as authentic as possible. My granddaughter told me about being able to show the rest of her class her autographed copy of The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California. JH
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Quote: Originally posted by bajamedic  
David, last week, during a visit with my Son and Granddaughter, they were "building a mission" as a project for her 4th Grade Missions study. On the kitchen table I found your Missions Book open, them studying the design and reading the section on her mission as they wanted to be as authentic as possible. My granddaughter told me about being able to show the rest of her class her autographed copy of The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California. JH


That is wonderful to hear my last book (co-authored with Max Kurillo) is getting such good applications, thank you!

The new book has much more detail on the peninsular California missions when your son's family is ready for more Old California history.




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[*] posted on 5-20-2016 at 05:32 PM
SUNBELT OFFICIAL DISTRIBUTOR


I would like to thank Sunbelt Publications for their interest in making my new book one of their many Baja and Southwest history books available.

http://sunbeltpublications.com/shop/baja-california-land-of-...

In addition to the existing sources for purchase (Discover Baja, Mission San Luis Rey and from M&E Books online), my book is also available now from:

*Aztec Shop at San Diego State University
*Bahia de Los Angeles Museum in Baja California
*Ingram (book distributor to libraries, etc.)

Thank you!




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[*] posted on 5-21-2016 at 09:41 AM
How is this book different from other books about Baja missions?


Well, other than all the information is historically correct and the many errors found in most modern books are not repeated in it, here are some other differences:

* History of the discovery of California and the period before the first mission is provided.

* Every mission is included with the dates of operation, the missionaries assigned to them, and photos of each, often including historical photos or drawings to compare past to present.

* Many mission visitas (satellite visiting stations) are named and photographed.

* The often confusing history of missions that moved, were called different names or had multiple sites is made clear.

* Details on many of the missions are provided that have never been published in a book before. The little-known history of the nine Dominican missions is fully told.

* The mythical lost missions and places incorrectly called missions by others are detailed.

* A full reference list of publications is provided for continued research.

* A chronology of events, a list of all the known missionaries, and a list of financial benefactors for the missions is provided.

* A list of GPS waypoints for all the missions and a complete index finalizes this work.


Also, the book clears up the confusion about :

*The Todos Santos/Santa Rosa/La Paz mission story

*Calamajué/Santa María relationship

*The multiple locations of Santo Tomás mission

*San Miguel/ El Descanso connection




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[*] posted on 5-23-2016 at 04:55 PM


On the last page of the book, I have a link for NEWS and UPDATES for the book... it is to the book's Facebook page. There are two edits just posted there: http://facebook.com/oldmissions to pencil-in if you wish.

On the news front, the book is now also being distributed by Sunbelt Publications and the book is now for sale at the SDSU Aztec Book Store and the Museum at Bahía de los Angeles.




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[*] posted on 5-23-2016 at 05:33 PM


I'm heading south next week. Surf forecast looks bad so I may hit Mision San Borja or some other site. What's your favorite in Northern Baja David?



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