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Acclaimed by readers and reviewers alike, the first volume of The Presidio and Militia on the Northern Frontier of New Spain was a landmark in the documentary study of seventeenth-century Spanish Colonial Mexico. Here, Charles W. Polzer and Thomas E. Sheridan bring the same incisive scholarship and careful editing to long-awaited Volume Two, covering the years 1700-1765.The two-part second volume looks at the Spanish expansion as occurring in four north-south corridors that carried the main components of social and political activity. Divided geographically, materials in this book (part 1) relate to the two westernmost corridors, while those in the projected book (part 2) will cover the corridors north to New Mexico and northeast into Texas. Documents in both books demonstrate the importance of regional hostilities rather than exterior threats in the establishment of presidios.Materials in this book relate to events and episodes in the Californias (the peninsula of Baja California) where the situation of the presidial forces was unique in New Spain. By bringing into focus the ways that civil-religious relations affected the military garrison there, these documents contribute immeasurably to a greater understanding of how California itself emerged in history. Also covering Sinaloa and Sonora, the mainland of the west coast of New Spain, records in the book reveal how the Sinaloa coastal forces differed from those in the interior and how they were depended upon for protection in the northern expansion, both civil and missionary.Because documents on the presidios in northern New Spain are vast in number and varied in content, these selections are meant to provide for the reader or researcher a framework around which more elaborate studies might be constructed. All of the records have been translated from the Spanish language into readable, modern English and are accompanied by transcribed versions of the originals.Valuable to both non-specialists and specialists, here is an unparalleled resource important not only for the careful selection, preparation, and presentation of documents, but also for the excellent background information that puts them into context and makes them come alive.

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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Volume Introduction
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  1. The California Corridor
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  1. Introduction
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  1. I. Return to the Californias (1683–1722)
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  1. Father Rector Juan María Salvatierra to Viceroy de la Cueva, 1705
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  1. Testimony of the Viceregal Junta on Promoting the Californias, 1722
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  1. Testimony of the Royal Treasury Regarding a Ship for the Californias, 1722
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  1. II. Protecting the Peninsula from Indian Rebellion and Aiding the Manila Galleons (1733–1735)
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  1. Indian Raid on the Manila Galleon, 1735
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  1. Payroll for the Presidio of Loreto, 1735
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  1. III. Padre Miguel Venegas on the Governance of the Californias (1739)
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  1. Book Ten
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  1. IV. Promoting the Welfare of the Californias (1738–1744)
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  1. Report of Licenciado Vedoya to the Royal Fiscal, 1740
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  1. Royal Cédula of King Philip V on the California Missions, 1744
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  1. V. Transfers and Transports (1748–1762)
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  1. Muster Roll of the Presidio of Loreto and the Southern Squadron, 1751
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  1. Provisioning a Ship for the California Frigate, 1757
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  1. Shipwrecks and Shipbuilding, 1759
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  1. Father Lucas Ventura on the Military Situation in the Peninsula, 1762
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  1. The Pacific Slope Corridor: Sinaloa-Sonora
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  1. Introduction
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  1. VI. The Presidio of Sinaloa (1671–1704)
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  1. The Soldiers of the Presidio of Sinaloa Request an Increase in Salary, 1704
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  1. VII. Complaints Against Captain Tuñón y Quirós (1718–1722)
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  1. Petition of the Settlers of Nacozari, 1718
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  1. Velarde to Genovese, 1722
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  1. VIII. Juan Bautista de Anza Discusses Apache and Seri Depredations and the Need for a Presidio at Terrenate (1729–1735)
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  1. IX. Account of Bernal de Huidobro on Yaqui Revolt (1740)
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  1. X. Establishment of the New Presidios of Pitic and Terrenate (1741)
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  1. Viceregal Decree Regarding Pitic, 1741
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  1. XI. Investigation by Juez Pesquisidor Rodríguez Gallardo of Indian Prisoners at Pitic (1748)
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  1. XII. Protest of Father Provincial Andrés García on the Transfer of Pitic (1749)
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  1. XIII. Construction of the Presidio of San Miguel de Horcasitas (1750–1757)
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  1. On the Building of Horcasitas, 1750
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  1. Investigation of Horcasitas Construction, 1757
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  1. XIV. Establishment of the New Presidio of Tubac (1752)
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  1. Opinions on the Best Location for the Presidio, 1752
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  1. Junta Regarding Tubac, 1752
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  1. XV. Informe of Father Provincial Ignacio Lizasoáin (1763)
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Editors
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ISBN
9780816540761
Related ISBN(s)
9780816516926
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OCLC
1255776245
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-12
Language
English
Open Access
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