A Mission Record of the California Indians: From a Manuscript in the Bancroft Library

A Mission Record of the California Indians: From a Manuscript in the Bancroft Library

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A Mission Record of the California Indians: From a Manuscript in the Bancroft Library

A Mission Record of the California Indians: From a Manuscript in the Bancroft Library

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In 1811 the Spanish viceregal government of Mexico sent to Alta California a list of questions regarding the Indians at the missions, their customs and disposition in their native state, and their condition under missionary influence. This "interrogatorio" was answered at the various missions, the replies collected, and prefaced by the president of the missions with a short general statement or abstract of the answers received to each question. The compilation was presumably forwarded to Mexico, and a copy retained in the Archives of the mission Santa Barbara. There a copy was made in 1877 by E. F. Murray for Mr. H. H. Bancroft. On the acquisition of the Bancroft Library by the University of California, this copy became available for study. Through the courtesy of Professor Henry Morse Stephens, and the Commission on the Bancroft Library, the writer is enabled to present the following translation of extracts from this document.1

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