Friars, Soldiers, and Reformers: Historic Arizona and the Sonora Mission Frontier 1767-1856

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Author: Kessell, John L

Year: 1976

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Place: Tucson


xv+347 pages with graphic title page, illustrations, map, bibliography and index. Small quarto (10" x 7 12") bound in original green cloth with silver lettering to spine and front cover. First edition.

The Franciscan mission of San Jose de Tumacacori and the perennially undermanned presidio Tubac became John L Kessell's windows on the Arizona-Sonora frontier in this colorful documentary history. His fascinating view extends from the expulsion of the Jesuits to the coming of the U S Army. Drawing from widely scattered archival materials, Kessell provides exciting accounts of the explorations of Francisco Carces, Anza's expeditions, and the Yuma massacre. He vividly describes the epic struggle between Bishop Reyes and Father Barbastro, the missionary scandals of 1815-18, and the bloody victory of Mexican civilian volunteers over Apaches in Arivaipa Canyon in 1832. Numerous missionaries, presidials, and bureaucrats-nameless in histories until now-emerge as living, swearing, praying individuals. Kessell's authoritative chronicle offers an engrossing picture of the continually threatened mission frontier. Reformers championing civil rights for mission Indians time and again challenged the friar's "tight-fisted paternalistic control" over their wards. Expansionists repeatedly saw their plans dashed by Indian raids, uncooperative military officials, or lack of financial support. Friars, Soldiers, and Reformers brings into sharp focus the long, blurry period between Jesuit Sonora and Territorial Arizona.


Some pencil notations on back end paper. Jacket spine sunned, light edge wear with some small closed tears and chips else a very good copy in like jacket.

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