Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Father Junipero Serra 1713-1784
Upper marker - English
Born on the island of Majorca, off the coast of Spain, Father Serra was ordained in Palma where he taught for fifteen years before being sent to Mexico as a missionary in 1749. In 1769 he became Padre Presidente of the Franciscan missions in Baja California. That same year he accompanied Gaspar de Portola on a colonization expedition to San Diego where he founded the first of the nine missions he established in Alta California. Despite an injured leg and constant pain, Father Serra labored mightily in the service of the church and was a major leader in the conquest of California for Spain.
This statue was erected by the Knights of Columbus in 1932 and was rededicated on the 200th anniversary of Father Serra’s death on August 28, 1784.
Lower Marker - Spanish:
En 1769 se convertio Padre Presidente de las misiones Franciscanas en la Baja California. El mismo año acompañado por Gaspar de Portolá fue a una expedición de colonización a San Diego donde fundo una de las primeras nueve misiones que establecio en la Alta California.
Esta estatua fue edifica da por los Caballeros de Colón en 1932 y se reconsagro en el 200 avo anniversario de su fallecimiento en Augusto 28 de 1784.
Erected 1984 by Los Caballeros de Colón.
Location. 34° 3.403′ N, 118° 14.334′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on North Main Street just north of Calle de la Plaza, on the left. Touch for map. This marker and statue are located on the West side of Los Angeles Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90012, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Los Angeles Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Spanish Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); First Mayor of Los Angeles Under United States Rule (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Street (within shouting distance of Biscailuz Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Damien Marchessault (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza Fire House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
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