Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation by Rose Marie Beebe,Robert M. Senkewicz

By Rose Marie Beebe,Robert M. Senkewicz


Franciscan missionary friar Junípero Serra (1713–1784), some of the most widely recognized and influential population of early California, embodied the various principles and practices that lively the Spanish presence within the Americas. during this definitive biography, translators and historians Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz deliver this advanced determine to lifestyles and light up the Spanish interval of California and the yank Southwest.

In Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary, Beebe and Senkewicz specialise in Serra’s spiritual identification and his kin with local peoples. They intersperse their narrative with new and obtainable translations of lots of Serra’s letters and sermons, which permits his voice to be heard in a extra direct and fascinating fashion.

Serra spent thirty-four years as a missionary to Indians in Mexico and California. He believed that paternalistic non secular rule provided Indians a greater lifestyles than their oppressive exploitation by way of colonial infantrymen and settlers, which he deemed the single practical replacement to be had to them at the moment and position. Serra’s loyal dedication to his imaginative and prescient embroiled him in common conflicts with California’s governors, squaddies, local peoples, or even his fellow missionaries. but simply because he prevailed frequently adequate, he used to be capable of position his distinct stamp at the first years of California’s history.

Beebe and Senkewicz interpret Junípero Serra neither as a saint nor because the personification of the Black Legend. They recount his lifestyles from his start in a small farming village on Mallorca. They aspect his studies in significant Mexico and Baja California, in addition to the tumultuous fifteen years he spent as founding father of the California missions. Serra’s Franciscan beliefs are analyzed of their eighteenth-century context, which permits readers to appreciate extra totally the variations and similarities among his international and ours. Combining heritage, tradition, and linguistics, this new examine conveys the facility and nuance of Serra’s voice and, finally, his impression on history.

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