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Author: Toussaint y Ritter, Manuel (1890-1955)

Year: 1942

Publisher: Imprenta Universitaria

Place: Mexico City


xiii+288+[errata] pages with plates, figures, maps (2 folding) and index. Small folio (11 3/4" x8") bound in original wrappers. First edition.

Patzcuaro is a large town and municipality located in the state of Michoacan. The town was founded sometime in the 1320s, at first becoming the capital of the Tarascan state and later its ceremonial center. After the Spanish took over, Vasco de Quiroga worked to make Patzcuaro the capital of the New Spain province of Michoacan, but after his death, the capital would be moved to nearby Valladolid (today Morelia). Patzcuaro has retained its colonial and indigenous character since then, and has been named both a "Pueblo Megico" and one of the 100 Historic World Treasure Cities by the United Nations. In 1538, the Spanish established their settlement in Patzcuaro, founding the Diocese of Michoacan with Vasco de Quiroga as first bishop. Patzcuaro was made the capital of the new Spanish province. The 1540s saw a repopulation of the area with Bishop Vasco de Quiroga convincing many of the Indians to return and brought in a number of Spanish families. For this Vasco de Quiroga is considered to be the founder of modern Patzcuaro. He renamed the city as the City of Michoacan, which was confirmed by royal decree in 1553, with Patzcuaro receiving its current coat of arms. The cathedral was constructed over the temple dedicated to the goddess Cuerappari. Vasco de Quiroga wanted to build an ambitious cathedral here, with five naves, but this was declared unacceptable by the Spanish crown and only one of the naves was built. It remains to this day. Patzcuaro remained the largest city in the Spanish province until about ten years after Vasco de Quiroga's death.


Edge wear with some chips, spine ends chipped, front hinge beginning, corners bumped else a good to very good copy.


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