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In 1587, John White led 117 English males, ladies, and youngsters to Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina. They was hoping to set up a British foothold in North the USA, yet quickly stumbled on themselves suffering to outlive. White lower back to England for support, but if he again to Roanoke in 1590, the colonists have been nowhere to be stumbled on: White by no means observed his buddies or relatives back. yet as James Horn unearths in A nation Strange, a few from the occasion survived; their descendants have been chanced on a century later, a dwelling testomony to America’s impressive origins.

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The ornate baroque-style reredos was added after 1796 and was discovered blocking from view for 200 years an authentic painted mural measuring 22 by 20 feet of religious imagery, reportedly the best preserved example of indigenous art from the period of first contact with Europeans. The mural was digitally imaged after the year 2000. This postcard view shows the church nave of the adjacent Mission Dolores Basilica. It replaced the Victorian brick church after structural failure during the earthquake of 1906.

The Maryknoll Fathers took charge of the mission in 1929. ) 37 Mission Santa Clara de Asís is pictured in 1911 in the center of the University of Santa Clara, California’s first established college. The church was moved three times after its founding due to floods and earthquakes; the final site was chosen in 1818. Delicate decorated ceiling paintings are the work of Augustin Dávila, an established painter from Mexico. The loss of the wooden ceiling and building after the 1926 conflagration left only photographs to aid the reconstruction of the church.

64 These 1940 photographs were taken on Emmet and School Streets in Santa Cruz, documenting the old cemetery grounds and neophyte housing from 1824, part of an adobe residence with 17 apartment quarters called the Neary-Rodiguez Building. After the building was remodeled in 1983 by Mission Santa Cruz California State Historic Park, it was completely recreated with original adobe bricks and finished with plaster.

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