Misión San Luis Gonzaga Chiriyaqui

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Mission San Luis Gonzaga was a Jesuit mission established among the Guaycura on the Magdalena Plains of central Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Initially in 1721 a visita or subordinate mission station of Mission Dolores near the coast to the east, the site was elevated to mission status by Lambert Hostell in 1737. One of Hostell's successors was Johann Jakob Baegert, who served from 1751 until the Jesuits were expelled and the mission was closed in 1768. Baegert is notable for his detailed but acid accounts of his experiences in Baja California. He oversaw the construction of stone and adobe brick structures that still survive at the site.


  • Baegert, Johann Jakob. 1952. Observations in Lower California. University of California Press, Berkeley.
  • Baegert, Johann Jakob. 1982. The Letters of Jacob Baegert, 1749-1761, Jesuit Missionary in Baja California. Edited by Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. Dawson's Book Shop, Los Angeles.
  • Vernon, Edward W. 2002. Las Misiones Antiguas: The Spanish Missions of Baja California, 1683-1855. Viejo Press, Santa Barbara, California.

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