Junipero Serra

Junipero Serra [yoo·nih·peh·roh·sehr·rah] n. a Roman Catholic Spanish priest and friar of the Franciscan Order who founded the mission system which historically inflicted a tremendous amount of violence on Native Americans and was seminal in the development of the region which would eventually become the State of California.


NOTE: Stanford has a love/hate relationship with the man and his legacy. Several University locales bear/bore his name, but some are currently being renamed in response to student/campus petitions decrying the "glorification those who helped to systematically decimate native populations." Much like the ongoing argument over the legacy of Christopher Columbus (i.e., Columbus Day vs. Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations, etc.).

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