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From Palma to LA

What's the connection between Palma de Mallorca and Los Angeles, California?

What's the connection between Palma de Mallorca and Los Angeles, California? Well in the case of Air Berlin, whose main hub is Palma, it's Dusseldorf, where it's all change for L.A. when a new
regular plane service starts in May.

But there's another connection, and it's going to be featured in Air Berlin's flight magazine, it's the story of a Franciscan monk from Mallorca, Junípero Serra.

Born in 1713 in Petra, he became a monk in the Franciscan monastery (photo) in the heart of Palma. In 1749 he was sent to Mexico to carry out missionary work
and 20 years later he moved up to what is now California. First he founded the mission of San Diego and slowly worked his way up the coast to found the Mission San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo in
Monterrey/San Francisco where he eventually died in 1784.

He is widely credited as being the founding father of California, and obviously the cities of San Diego and San Francisco, where many schools and highways bear his name. Odd that here in the
Balearics his deeds are not really well known?