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The Resource Franciscan frontiersmen : how three adventurers charted the West, Robert A. Kittle

Franciscan frontiersmen : how three adventurers charted the West, Robert A. Kittle

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Franciscan frontiersmen : how three adventurers charted the West
Title
Franciscan frontiersmen
Title remainder
how three adventurers charted the West
Statement of responsibility
Robert A. Kittle
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Pious and scholarly, the Franciscan friars Pedro Font, Juan Crespi and Francisco Garces may at first seem improbable heroes. Beginning in Spain, their adventures encompassed the remote Sierra Gorda highlands of Mexico, the deserts of the American Southwest, and coastal California. Each man's journey played an important role in Spain's eighteenth-century conquest of the Pacific coast, but today their names and deeds are little known. Drawing on the diaries and correspondence of Font, Crespi, and Garces, as well as his own exhaustive field research, Robert A. Kittle has woven a seamless narrative detailing the friars' striking accomplishments. Starting with a harrowing transatlantic voyage, all three traveled through uncharted lands and found themselves beset by raiding Indians, marauding bears, starvation, and scurvy. Along the way, they made invaluable notes on indigenous peoples, flora and fauna, and prominent eighteenth-century European colonial figures. Font, the least celebrated of the three, recorded the daily events of the 1775-76 colonizing expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza while serving as its chaplain. Font's legacy includes some of the earliest accurate maps of California between San Diego Bay and San Francisco Bay. Garces, an itinerant missionary, developed close relationships with Indians in Sonora and California. He learned their languages and lived and traveled with them, usually as the only white man, and brokered dozens of peace agreements before he was killed in a Yuma uprising. Crespi, who traveled up the California coast with Father Junipero Serra, kept meticulous journals of an expedition to reconnoiter the San Francisco Bay area, the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, and the northern reaches of California's central valley. This enthralling narrative elevates these Spanish friars to their rightful place in the chronicle of American exploration. It brings their exploits out of the shadow of the American Revolution and Lewis & Clark expedition while also illuminating encounters between European explorers and missionaries and the American Indians who had occupied the Pacific coast for millennia"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
F592
LC item number
.K58 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Franciscan frontiersmen : how three adventurers charted the West, Robert A. Kittle
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Soldiers of the Crown, Soldiers of the Cross -- The Conquest Begins -- Search for an Elusive Eden -- Eureka! -- Beyond the Rio Colorado -- Overland to California -- Start Mounting Up -- Desert Nativity Scene -- Uprising at Mission San Diego -- A Forgotten Soldier of the Cross -- Apostolic Pilgrimage -- Solitary Sojourn in the High Desert -- Unfinished Quest -- Steering through Unexplored Waters -- Fatalistic Venture -- Slaughter on the Colorado River -- Retribution on the Colorado -- Final Journey -- Epilogue: An Imperfect Legacy
Control code
962008320
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
288 pages
Isbn
9780806156989
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016046267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027171735
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)962008320
Label
Franciscan frontiersmen : how three adventurers charted the West, Robert A. Kittle
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Soldiers of the Crown, Soldiers of the Cross -- The Conquest Begins -- Search for an Elusive Eden -- Eureka! -- Beyond the Rio Colorado -- Overland to California -- Start Mounting Up -- Desert Nativity Scene -- Uprising at Mission San Diego -- A Forgotten Soldier of the Cross -- Apostolic Pilgrimage -- Solitary Sojourn in the High Desert -- Unfinished Quest -- Steering through Unexplored Waters -- Fatalistic Venture -- Slaughter on the Colorado River -- Retribution on the Colorado -- Final Journey -- Epilogue: An Imperfect Legacy
Control code
962008320
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
288 pages
Isbn
9780806156989
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016046267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027171735
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)962008320
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