Serra, Junipero Serra, Miguel Jose Serra(noun)
Spanish missionary who founded Franciscan missions in California (1713-1784)
Junípero Serra, O.F.M., known as Fra Juníper Serra in Catalan, his mother tongue, was a Spanish Franciscan friar who founded the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco, which at the time were in Alta California of the Las Californias Province in New Spain. He began in San Diego on July 16, 1769, and established his headquarters in Monterey, California at Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo. The missions were primarily designed to convert the Indians, and develop self-sufficient landed enterprises. The architectural design of the mission continues to be a major influence on California architecture. Serra not only dealt with church officials, but also with Spanish officials in Mexico City, to deal with his frequent controversies with the military officers who commanded the nearby garrisons. He brought to California the European products that eventually became central to the state's agriculture empire: oranges, lemons, olives, figs, grapes, and vegetables, as well as cattle, sheep, goats, and horses. He was not eager to see Spanish settlers move to California and therefore he made no effort to develop export crops that would have built the economy and attracted settlers. The treatment of the Indians at the missions has been controversial, for they were under tight controls, were given corporal punishment, and were not allowed to leave.
The numerical value of junipero serra in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of junipero serra in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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In September, God willing, I will canonize Junipero Serra in the United States, who was the evangelizer of the west of the United States.
Junipero Serra left his native land and its way of life, he was excited about blazing trails, going forth to meet many people, learning and valuing their particular customs and ways of life.
Our protest is to tell the Pope that by canonizing Junipero Serra, they want to canonize colonialism, they want to canonize white supremacy and they want to canonize the genocide of our people. And that is an immoral act.
Everybody ... asks, Andy, how can you support the guy? I have to be able to sleep at night. So I have answered that: I believe Junipero Serra was a very, very good man in a very, very bad situation. And the bad situation is what we call colonialism, junipero Serra is being proclaimed a saint because he lived the life of a saint.
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