An illustrated talk by Robert Kittle, journalist and historian.
The Book Club of California
312 Sutter Street, Suite 500 (cross street Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Hospitality at 5 PM | Presentation at 6.00 PM
Based on a newly published book of the same title, the presentation will explore the lives of three pioneering friars, Pedro Font, Francisco Garces, and Juan Crespi, who accompanied Junipero Serra to California in the last half of the eighteenth century. Drawing on the long-forgotten journals, extensive trail observations, and correspondence of the three padres, as well as the author’s own exhaustive field research, the presentation will provide fresh insights into the rigors of daily life on the frontiers of New Spain. These three Franciscans were the chaplains and official diarists of Spain’s pathfinding expeditions on the West Coast of North America. In the tumult of the Spanish crown’s colonization, Font, Garces, and Crespi endured terrifying storms at sea, blood-soaked Indian attacks, starvation, scurvy, and lonely isolation as they carved trails through uncharted lands. Together, they explored a swath of the continent that was larger and more important than that explored by Lewis and Clark a generation later. But their exploits have been overlooked, because Americans are eager to learn their English past but largely ignore their Spanish past.
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please check bccbooks.org/programs/ for a link to RSVP.