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Title Copia de una carta que el P[adre] Francisco María Piccolo misionero de California escribió al P[adre] Juan Manuel de Bassaldua Rector del Colegio de Raum... [manuscript]
Author Picolo, Francesco Maria (1654-1729)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Copy of a letter written from Santa Rosalia in Baja California, Mexico, on January 10, 1717, by Father Francesco Maria Picolo, to Father Juan Manuel Basaldúa, rector of the school at Rahum. Father Picolo accepts an invitation from the Indians to the north to visit their lands, and sets off on November 13, 1716, with 6 mules, 2 assistants, and 3 soldiers. After some mishaps with his horse and mules along the way, he baptizes some of the Indians and gives them corn and wheat to plant. He mentions some aspects of the local terrain, the river valley, and indigenous plants such as the maguey and the pitahaya or saguaro cactus. He also describes how the natives celebrate a festival of deer skins. In closing, he begs Father Basaldúa to send to the mission some clippings from rose, lemon, orange, and quince trees, as well as some dry meat to eat, so he can avoid having to slaughter pregnant cows or very young calves. The copy is unsigned and undated.
Names Basaldúa, Juan Manuel (1675-1718)
Places Santa Rosalia, Baja California, Mexico
Keywords Jesuit, travel, cultural contact, missionary, Christianity, religion, agriculture, corn, ceremony, ritual, custom, Spain, New Spain, Mexican
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Missionaries and Education; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language Spanish
Additional Information Picolo was a Jesuit missionary and explorer. Born in Palermo, Sicily in 1654, he arrived in Mexico in 1684. He travelled to Baja California in 1697, where he was one of the earliest missionaries after Father Eusebio Kino. Later he served in the missions of Sonora and Sinoloa. His Informe del estado de la Nueva Cristianidad de California was published in Mexico in 1702.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 1880
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue