Raymond Starr, Book Review Editor
Serra’s San Diego: Father Junípero Serra and California’s Beginnings. By Iris H. W. Engstrand. San Diego: San Diego History Center, 1982. Maps. Illustrations. Bibliography. 17 Pages. $2.95 Paper.
Professor Engstrand, who has published frequently on San Diego and Spanish colonial history, has prepard a brief account of Junípero Serra in San Diego. She begins with Serra’s background and early career, his arrival in San Diego, and continues with the establishment of the original mission. Professor Engstrand also traces the early experiences of the mission, its removal to Mission Valley, and its relationship to the bigger picture of Spanish colonial enterprise in Alta California. The author brings the story up to date by explaining the origin of the Serra Museum and Presidio Park and describing recent archaeological excavations on the site. All this makes Serra’s San Diego an excellent guide to present day Presidio Park and Serra Museum.