To the Corner of the Province: The 1780 Ugarte-Rocha Sonoran Reconnaissance and Implications for Environmental and Cultural Change [Kietas viršelis]

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  • Formatas: Hardback, 288 pages, aukštis x plotis: 254x178 mm, 60 Illustrations, 51 Maps
  • Išleidimo metai: 30-Jun-2020
  • Leidėjas: University of Utah Press,U.S.
  • ISBN-10: 1607816202
  • ISBN-13: 9781607816201
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  • Formatas: Hardback, 288 pages, aukštis x plotis: 254x178 mm, 60 Illustrations, 51 Maps
  • Išleidimo metai: 30-Jun-2020
  • Leidėjas: University of Utah Press,U.S.
  • ISBN-10: 1607816202
  • ISBN-13: 9781607816201
Kitos knygos pagal šią temą:
"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 apresidio 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.

Documents from 1780 provide fresh perspectives on environmental and cultural change in the borderland region of Arizona and Sonora


In April 1780, Military Governor Ugarte and Chief Engineer Rocha were sent on a reconnaissance mission through the northwestern frontier of New Spain, land that today is northern Sonora and southeastern Arizona. 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 allows for analysis of changes at a critical moment in borderland history. To the Corner of the Province provides not just the translations of their orders, summary reports, journal, and map, but commentary informed by a variety of sources. Drawing on ethnography, borderland history, ethnohistory, oral history, and archaeology, authors Seymour and Rodriguez elucidate the significance of these documents, expounding on the content and providing a glimpse into the harsh realities and intrinsic beauty of the region. Seymour’s more than thirty years’ experience working in this part of the Southwest adds depth and perspective to the narrative.

Recenzijos

Seymour is without peer in her ability to weave archaeological, cartographic, documentary, and ethnographic evidence into this story. This is an important work of scholarship that will be appreciated and debated, and thereby elevate our understanding of the Southwest Borderlands of Arizona and Sonora. Her detailed and precise supporting evidence, whether cartographic or archaeological, will make this book the latest word, if probably not the final word, in our discussions of the region in the late eighteenth century." -James F. Brooks, professor of history and anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

List of Figures
ix
Acknowledgments xiii
1 The 1780 Ugarte-Rocha Reconnaissance for the New Presidial Line
1(24)
2 Instructions and Justifications
25(12)
3 Summary Reports Regarding the Corner of the Province
37(20)
4 Map and Route of the Sonoran Frontier
57(25)
5 Geronimo de la Rocha y Figueroa's Diary
82(63)
6 Environmental History
145(20)
7 Insights into Indigenous Practices and Local Customs
165(24)
8 Understandings of the Enemy Apache
189(8)
9 Both Conceded and Contested
197(8)
Appendix: Transcriptions of Primary Documents 205(28)
References Cited 233(12)
Index 245
Deni Seymour is a full-time research archaeologist affiliated with two academic institutions and Jornada Research Institute, but operates as an independent scholar. She has authored several books. Seymour is a leading regional specialist deeply familiar with material culture, landscape, settlement patterning, and the documentary record. Oscar Rodriguez grew up on the Texas-Mexico border and is a life-long speaker of both Spanish and English. He has worked as an independent consultant for the World Bank and the United Nations on projects throughout Latin America and also serves as tribal historian for the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas.