A Guide to Historic Missions and Churches of the Arizona - Sonora Borderlands
 
 
Introduction
 
This work is a comprehensive treatment of the missions constructed by the Jesuits and Franciscans in a region colonized by Spain and since divided between the United States and Mexico. It provides the historical context for the development of the mission system, describes the physical and cultural characters of the regions at the time of the missionaries' arrival, and explains the architectural features incorporated into the construction of their temples -- all in layman terms.