Reyes and Ugarte y Loyola submit informes to Galvez noting disastrous condition of missions and towns. Proposal for creation of custodia de San Carlos and movement of capital to Ures.

Serial Number
041-05645
Title
Reyes and Ugarte y Loyola submit informes to Galvez noting disastrous condition of missions and towns. Proposal for creation of custodia de San Carlos and movement of capital to Ures.
Author(s)
Reyes, Antonio de las
Ugarte y Loyola, Jacobo
Date
08-27-1783
Date
07-13-1787
Documentation
Ures, Arispe, chihuagua, Madrid. July 13, 1787 - August 27, 1783. 32p. Informes. Signed, copies.
Summary
Reyes and Ugarte y Loyola submit informes to Galvez noting disastrous condition of missions and towns. Proposal to create Custodia de San Carlos and movement of capital to Ures. Reyes reports having walked to Arispe, seeing 14 mission towns, their churches and houses almost in ruins. Reports that Indians are without respect and obedience to their priests. Spoke with comandante general who shared bishop's goal of saving important province of Sonora from ruin. The two make plans for founding Custodia de San Carlos, rebuilding churches, missionaries' homes and cultivating of lands. Reyes asks that Galvez publish such a mandate to motivate Indians and Spaniards to work and pay administrative fees. Reports of prison being built (materials used included) but other spendings and buildings ordered by king will be lost. Describes Arispe terrain as sterile and without pasture and with little water, wood, and other building materials. In contrast, Vega de Ures is described as very fertile. These two locations along with Banamichi are evaluated as potential capital sites. Specific administrative plans for leaders and governing regulations. Indian drunkenness and spies are mentioned. (J. Hiller, June 1989)
Persons
Galvez, Joseph de
Reyes, Antonio de las (Obispo)
Ugarte y Loyola, Jacobo
Merino, Manuel
Neve, Phelipe de
Rengel, Joseph Antonio
Croix, Teodoro de
Fernandez de Cordova, Francisco
Places
Camoa (Mision)
Arispe
San Carlos
Vega de Ures
Banamiche (Pueblo)
Buenavista (Presidio)
Aranjuez
Orcasitas
Cieneguilla (Real)
Pimeria Alta
Nacameri
Opata (Pueblo)
Opodepe
Tuape
Cucurpe
Dolores (Hacienda)
Pimas de San Ygnacio (Pueblo)
Ymuris
Cocopera
Calabazas
Tupson (Presidio)
San Xavier
Petic
Chihuagua
Gracia, San Joseph de
Los Alamos
Xacales
San Lucas (Cabo)
First Location
AZTM, AGN, Vol. 254 ff. 083-098
Original Location
AGN, Mexico City, Provincias Internas Vol. 254 ff. 083-098
Language
Spanish
Notes
Appears as expediente 6 in indice del ramo.
Reference Number
25400006
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