THE HISTORY OF U.S. LATINOS
Traveling Back in Time
On El Camino Real de California
Every time I go on one of my history tours, I feel like I'm traveling back in time, following 16-18th centuries maps on 21st century highways. But nowhere is that feeling more real that in California!
It's impressive. California doesn't let you forget you are traveling on El Camino Real.
If you are traveling north or south on some of the state's major coastline highways, you are constantly being reminded that you are on a road with a history that dates back to the Spanish missionaries of the 1700s, the road that still connects the 21 missions they built more than two centuries ago.
Hispanic Heritage is not hidden here. In fact, you see a reminder at one-mile intervals!
These are not mission church bells. These are markers, just to remind us that the road has a history.
If you live in California, you probably take them for granted. But you are a visitor driving on
As you drive on El Camino Real, the road that has connected California's Spanish missions for more than two centuries, you are constantly reminded of the road's historical significance.
And they don't remind you in a subtle way. They have bells
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