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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Yankee Dollars

Cured cattle hides.

Ynterprete

An interpreter who aided the priest in preaching to the Indians.