Fr. Francis Xavier de Faria to viceroy of New Spain. Jesuit apologetica, Sonora and Sinaloa .
Faria, Francis Xavier de (S.J.)
November 1657. Copy.
Jesuit defense against charges by presidial captains that they accumulated great Sotres grain/livestock, engaged in lucrative trade, built palaces, lived in luxury. Jesuit attack on presidial captains for abusing Indian labor, cheating own soldiers, failing to perform military duties, showing disrespect for missionaries/religion. High praise for captains Hurdaide, Borgansa Quesada. Condemnation present captain. Account civil/religious conflict Sinaloa-Sonora. Brief description agriculture, barter/exchange rates, Jesuit livestock industry, Jesuit commerce with Parral, wild food gathering (acorns, chestnuts, Quelites), Mescal making, mission architecture, settlement patterns, Indian depopulation at hands of Spaniards, Indian migration to mines/ranches outside province. Defense corporal punishment Indians. Religious/economic reasons for reduction program. Description Jesuit generosity to Indians/Spaniards during famines. Reasons why Indians should support missionaries without monetary payment. Description sad state presidial forces-untrained, cheated by captains. Abuses Sinaloa judicial system. (T. Sheridan) (1976)
Faria, Francis Xavier de (Padre)
Hurdaide, Diego de (Capitan)
Borgansa, Diego de (Capitan)
Quesada, Gaspar de (Capitan)
San Felipe y Santiago
CU-BANC. C-B 840 (Bolton Col.) no. 0269 pp. Transl.
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