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Activities
  1. Find It
    The map shows where El Camino Real, the Royal Highway, went in California. What mission is furthest north on the road?
  2. Follow It
    What mission would you come to next, after passing through San Miguel Arcángel, then San Antonio de Padua?
  3. Count It
    How many presidios are on the map?
Learn More About It

El Camino Real was the name of the major road that ran through many of California’s biggest settlements. Along the road, the Spanish built missions for teaching Christian beliefs to California Indians and other people. The Spanish also built presidios along the road. The presidios were like forts and protected the missions and the roadway.
Check Your Answers
  1. San Francisco Solano de Sonoma
  2. Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
  3. Four: Presidio de San Diego, Presidio de Santa Barbara, Presidio de Monterey, Presidio de San Francisco