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New Mexico in 1801: The Priests Report by Rick Hendricks

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Rick Hendricks
Rio Grande Books, 2008

From the back cover:

"In 1801 the Catholic clergy of New Mexico wrote a series of reports on the towns and Indian pueblos of the province. The reports were made in response to an inquiry from the Consulado, or Merchant Guild, of Guadalajara, which was seeking information about the "state and circumstances of agriculture, industry, and commerce" of the vast area that fell within its jurisdiction with the aim of fostering economic growth...

The twenty-six reports that the New Mexican clergy produced are presented in fully annotated English translation. In addition, there are biographical sketches of all twenty priests, eleven of whom were European Spaniards and nine were born in New Spain. Of the twenty, nineteen were Franciscans and one was a diocesan priest."


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