In 2002 Ed Vernon published Las Misiones Antiguas: The Spanish Missions of Baja California under the Viejo Press imprint. The field research, unearthing documentary evidence, and the numerous friendships developed during the five year creative and intellectual process, that a second book was undertaken to combine his interests in the people and history of Baja California with the sea and ships. Seven years were needed to visit and photograph the various sites, locate historically accurate books, collect maps and journals and produce the narrative and design that became A Maritime History of Baja California. This work published in 2009, is offered through Viejo Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Maritime History of Baja California describes the most important harbors and anchorages of the Baja California peninsula by charts, maps, satellite imagery and photos. The history of each of those places is developed by recording, in chronological order, the most important ships to have touched that anchorage. The visits in the 1500s by Spanish explorers including Ulloa, Cortés and Cabrillo, as well as assaults by pirates all contribute to the rich history of the peninsula. [more information]

 

This beautiful 310-page hard cover, cloth bound work includes 240 color photos, six line drawings and 12 full page maps and satellite views. Featured are nineteen full page ship photos and drawings including the cover art by Christopher Blossom.

 
 

Every known mission on the Baja California peninsula and many of the important visitas are located, mapped, and described in this work. A guide is included that positions each mission with GPS coordinates, indicates its present condition, and gives key facts on what will be found at each location. The historical background of each mission with details concerning its founding and its Indian population are carefully covered. [more information]

The photograph San Javier de Viggé-BiaundóThe "jewel" of the missions of Baja California—is typical of the "portraits" of every peninsular mission or mission site presented by this remarkable works.

The largest and one of the most beautiful missions, San Jose de Comondu, now partially fallen, has been virtually recreated in realistic computer generated drawings picturing the site circa 1800, before the decline of the Indian population forced the desertion of this Shangri-La—like site.

Even remote, hard-to-reach sites such as Dolores Apaté have been explored, photographed and researched to compile a complete current overview of these fascinating historical sites.