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To the corner of the province : the 1780 Ugarte-Rocha Sonoran reconnaissance and implications for environmental and cultural change / Deni J. Seymour and Oscar Rodriguez.

Author/Creator:
Seymour, Deni J., author.
Publication:
Salt Lake City : The University of Utah Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
xiii, 250 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm + 1 folded map (33 x 26 cm, folded to 17 x 26 cm)
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Subjects:
New Spain -- Discovery and exploration -- 18th century -- Sources.
New Spain -- Social life and customs -- 18th century -- Sources.
Sonora (Mexico : State) -- Discovery and exploration -- Sources.
Sonora (Mexico : State) -- Social life and customs -- Sources.
Indians of North America -- Mexico -- Sonora (State) -- 18th century -- Sources.
Apache Indians -- Mexico -- Sonora (State) -- History -- 18th century -- Sources.
Fortification -- New Spain -- History -- 18th century -- Sources.
Apache Indians.
Discoveries in geography.
Fortification.
Indians of North America.
Manners and customs.
Mexico -- Sonora (State).
New Spain.
Form/Genre:
History.
Sources.
Language:
Contains appendix with transcriptions of original Spanish documents, as well as annotated, English translations of those documents. All extended discussion of the documents is in English.
Summary:
"In April 1780 Military Governor Ugarte and Chief Engineer Rocha were sent on reconnaissance through the northwestern frontier of New Spain, land that today is northern Sonora and southeastern Arizona. Toward the end of the 1500-mile journey, Rocha's mule tumbled down a river slope and his papers, books, and the rest he had with him went down with it. He salvaged what he could of these materials, including the diary on which this current book is based. Seeking information on the advisability of placing a presidio at the junction of the San Pedro and Gila rivers, Ugarte and Rocha described the landscape in unprecedented detail. Their accounts provide valuable baseline information on environment and culture that allow analysis of changes occurring at this critical moment in borderland history. The translations of their orders, summary reports, journal, and map provided in this volume are interwoven and informed by a variety of sources (ethnography, borderland history, ethnohistory, oral history, and archaeology) that collectively draw out the significance of these documents, enriching the content and providing a glimpse into the harsh realities and intrinsic beauty of the region. Deni Seymour's more than 30 years of experience studying the Colonial period in this very part of the Southwest lends depth and perspective to the narrative"--Provided by publisher.
Contents:
The 1780 Ugarte-Rocha reconnaissance for the new presidial line
Instructions and justifications
Summary reports regarding the corner of the province
Map and route of the Sonoran frontier
GeroĢnimo de la Rocha y Figueroa's diary
Environmental history
Insights into indigenous practices and local customs
Insights into the enemy Apache
A frontier landscape, both conceded and contested
Appendix: Transcriptions of primary source documents.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Rodriguez, Oscar (Oscar S.), author.
Other format:
Online version: Seymour, Deni J. To the corner of the province.
ISBN:
9781607816201
1607816202
OCLC:
1022982060