Informe concerning method of government for missions in California.

Serial Number
041-03710
Title
Informe concerning method of government for missions in California.
Author(s)
Verger, Rafael
Date
11-15-1772
Documentation
California. November 15, 1772. 46p. Informe. Copy.
Summary
In response to viceroy's request, Verger makes suggestions in 22 parts for physical and spiritual development of missions. says new missions should be delayed until older ones are firmly established with sufficient arms and military protection. Must grow food for all mission and presidio residents. Storage and distribution should never be left to Indians. nor should be left to caudillos and capitans since after Jesuit expulsion California example shows they destroy missions. Under priests' control more churches built, more ornaments retained, larger harvests collected. says some form of punishment is necessary because Indians will abuse and steal property without it. Indians should be treated fairly and paid a salary. Describes daily masses and visits to sick and widowed. Discusses corn, bean, lentil crops, weekly rations and duties of women. Discusses also Indian jobs, products and locations of trade. Discusses differences between present conditions and those of Conquistadores. Relates difficulties with jefes who replace hardworkers with incompetents. References to decree by Valero ordering military protection for missions. Discusses power struggle between military and missionary. Verger claims arms are not needed for conversion, only evangelical preaching. (M. Dannemiller March 1988)
Persons
Verger, Rafael
Palou, Francisco
Escandon, Jose
Galvez, Josef de
Lorenzana, Francisco Antonio (Arzobispo)
Cortes, Hernan
Pieras, Miguel (Fray)
Valero, Marques de
Costales, Gabriel
Places
San Fernando (Colegio)
Santa Cruz
Sierra Gorda
California
San Ignacio (Mision)
Loreto
Zimapan
Huasteca
Rio Verde
Tepeyal
Padua, San Antonio de
Monterrey
Queretaro, Santa Cruz de (Colegio)
Texas (Provincia)
Guadalupe, Nuestra Senora de
Zacatecas
San Gabriel
Military Groups
Soldados de Cuera
First Location
AZTM, AGN, Vol. 152 ff. 527-531
Original Location
AGN, Mexico City, Provincias Internas Vol. 152 ff. 527-531
Language
Spanish
Notes
Last page has no folio number
Reference Number
15200028
Rights
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