94. San Luis Rey de Francia:
The King of the California Missions
Next, Did you know that some California Spanish missions had sub-missions created to extend their reach further inland? They were called "asistencias." But they were really smaller missions where Franciscan friars led native communities. Most of the asistencias are no longer active, or accessible to the public. But the one that still is most active is the asistencia to San Luis Rey. It's called San Antonio de Pala, because it was named after Saint Anthony and resides in an Indian Reservation called Pala. It's also the next stop for The Great Hispanic American History Tour. And so, before trekking further north, we must take a small detour and go east. Stay tuned!