Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Kino: A Legacy: His Life, His Works, His Missions, His Monuments

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Kino: A Legacy: His Life, His Works, His Missions, His Monuments

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Polzer, Charles W , S.J. Kino: A Legacy: His Lie, His Works, His Missions, His Monuments. (Tucson, Arizona: Jesuit Fathers of Southern Arizona. 1998. Pp. x,198; one folding map. Paperback.)

Kino: A Legacy appears to have been a labor of love for its author, Charles W. Polzer, S.J. A long-time Arizona resident, Father Polzer is curator of The Arizona State Museum, directs the American Division of the Jesuit Historical Institute in Tucson, and served on the Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Commission. This biography seems to have a role in the effort to bring about the beatification of Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J.

After a four-page summary of his birth and education in Europe, the next ninety pages of the biography are very detailed reports of Kino's trip to America, his unsuccessful efforts to start missions in Baja California, and his exploratory, diplomatic, architectural, and mission success in Pimeria Alta. The second half of the book includes sections on Pimeria Alta before and after Kino, the Franciscans' era, and recent eras of discovering, preserving, and honoring Kino's remains. The book ends with a chapter on Kino representations in art. Unfortunately, the biography does not have any citations or an index and contains only a brief list of suggested readings.

In addition to providing details of Kino's life and work, the book includes many maps, with two maps made by Kino, and numerous photographs. The text is easy to read, and Polzer has made Kino's life an interesting story. …

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