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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
Persons: 
Palou, Francisco
Persons: 
Escandon, Jose
Persons: 
Galvez, Josef de
Persons: 
Lorenzana, Francisco Antonio (Arzobispo)
Persons: 
Cortes, Hernan
Persons: 
Pieras, Miguel (Fray)
Persons: 
Valero, Marques de
Persons: 
Costales, Gabriel
Places: 
San Fernando (Colegio)
Places: 
Santa Cruz
Places: 
Sierra Gorda
Places: 
California
Places: 
San Ignacio (Mision)
Places: 
Loreto
Places: 
Zimapan
Places: 
Huasteca
Places: 
Rio Verde
Places: 
Tepeyal
Places: 
Padua, San Antonio de
Places: 
Monterrey
Places: 
Queretaro, Santa Cruz de (Colegio)
Places: 
Texas (Provincia)
Places: 
Guadalupe, Nuestra Senora de
Places: 
Zacatecas
Places: 
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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