Common Terms of the California Missions

Many words and phrases used during the California mission era are still in use . These include architectural and military terms, religious words and phrases, Native American terms and place names, and of course, the Spanish words for many aspects of everyday life. This glossary provides a handy single reference of these California Mission terms.

 

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Dado

Decorative border appearing on the lower portion of the interior wall of a church.

Diputacion

Elected assembly, which met at Monterey during the Mexican rule of Alta California.