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291 THE IiNDIAN ADVOCATE.
& 3 I The Indian Missions in California, f ? ? TO Christopher Columbus and to the Spaniards that aided him belongs the honor of having discovered the Western Hemisphere, America. At that time Protestantism was not yet born. With the mariner and the soldier came the missionary. The Spanish sailor brought home treasures and riches, the warrior subdued nations and empires, the missionary gained souls for Heaven. V ho was the greatest? The sea swallowed up thousands of adventurers in their at tempt to reach new worlds, the soil of the new continent became saturated with the blood of fallen soldiers and it also drank plentifully of the blood of zealous men who died preach ing and professing Christ. The new world also has its martyrs. Columbus discovered America for Spain. Still other na tions followed suit. France sent her admirals to get her share of territory; England landed her armies on America's soil; Holland created its New Amsterdam and there were some more nations; Denmark, Portugal and so forth, anxious' to get a foothold somewhere in the land of promise America. During the years of exploration and conquest the European nations were in a state of revolution and excitement unequal led in history. Heresy attacked the Church of Christ. Still the spiritual combat could not hold bi.ck the zealous, holy missionaries of Spain and France from announcing the Gospel to America's Indians. French missionaries set foot upon the country now em braced in the Dominion of Canada which then was the ter ritory of France; Spanish padres penetrated into the forests