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Title Noticias de la nueva California [manuscript] [2 of 2]
Author Palóu, Francisco (1723-1789)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: [2 of 2] A copy, made in 1792, by Father Manuel de Vega of the Convento de San Francisco in Mexico, of Palóu’s history of Upper California and the Franciscan missions with which he was associated from 1768 to 1783. Pt. 1 is an account of the missions of Old or Baja California which were entrusted to Franciscans such as Palóu, Juan Crespí, and Junípero Serra, when the Jesuits were expelled from Mexico in 1767. Between 1768 and 1773, Palóu served as head of San Xavier and as business manager for the expeditions of Gálvez and Portolá to Upper California, gathering and forwarding supplies to the new settlements. In 1773, the Dominicans were given control of all the missions in Baja California, and the Franciscans moved on to work in Upper California. Pts. 2, 3, and 4 deal with the founding of San Diego, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, San Gabriel, and San Francisco, and the problems of hostile Indians, disease, lack of provisions, locusts, and floods faced by the missionaries; the movement of supply ships up and down the coast; and the explorations northwards to Canada and Alaska. Palóu includes Crespí’s diaries of the Portolá expedition to Monterey of 1769-1770; the Fages expedition to San Francisco of 1772; and the Pérez expedition to British Columbia of 1774; as well as letters of Father Serra to Viceroy Bucareli regarding Monterey. Palóu’s status report to the viceroy on the 5 Monterey missions provides a description of each mission, its population, its harvests, and numbers of births, deaths, marriages, and baptisms. Part 4 also describes the Anza expeditions to establish an overland route from Sonora to Monterey and San Francisco.
Places Baja California, Mexico City, Mexico; California, United States
Keywords history, missionary, Christianity, religion, discovery, exploration, travel, Franciscans, expedition, viceroy
Theme Missionaries and Education; American Indians and the European Powers
Culture Area California, Northwest Coast
Language Spanish
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1193 no. 1
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue