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Title Summary of official recommendations and correspondence concerning the formation of volunteer militias for the defense of the Parral region of Mexico [manuscript]
Author Morfi, Juan Agustín (d.1783)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Unsigned summary, probably from late 1778 or 1779, of recommendations and actions taken from April 15-December 3, 1778, concerning the formation of volunteer militias to patrol the Parral region against hostile Indians. The author begins with a summary of a report dated April 15, 1778 in San Felipe del Real de Chiguagua, outlining suggestions for establishing volunteer militias to be known as Compañías voluntarias de dragones provinciales de San Carlos, with advice on the location of these companies; their funding through contributions and municipal revenues; the organization of their command; and budgets for arms, horses, uniforms, and salaries. Other official correspondence on this subject from April 6-Dec. 3, 1778 is also described. There is a short history of Parral, covering its early establishment in 1631, the abandonment of its mines around 1718, and its subsequent resurgence in 1748. Also included is a summary of the correspondence from Dec. 23, 1777-Sept. 20, 1778 with the alcalde mayor of Parral on the militias; and a description of the request of April 6, 1778 made by the residents and curate of Parral to the district government for relief of the ongoing hostilities with neighboring Indians which they have endured for the past eight years.
Places San Felipe del Real de Chiguagua, Hidalgo del Parral, Mexico
Keywords militia, armed forces, New Spain, Spain, colonialism, colonial forces, hostility, expenses, supplies, weapon, horse, history, mining, government, government relations, politics, settlement
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; American Indians and the European Powers
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language Spanish
Additional Information

Attributed to Morfi by Ramírez and Butler. Laid in between leaves [3] and [4]: 1 leaf, in a different hand, containing notes on the lands belonging to a certain marqués, and the grants by which he acquired them.

BOUND WITH: Account by Father Morfi of his expedition to the Provincias Internas [manuscript] 1777 Aug. 4-1778 Nov. 9 and Recommendations of Father Morfi concerning pacification and settlement of New Mexico [manuscript] [between 1776 and 1778] Newberry Library references Ayer MS 1169 and Ayer MS 1170.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1171
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue