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Verger, Rafael to Manuel L. Casa Fonda (in Spanish)

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06297 Author/Creator: Verger, Rafael Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 August 1771 Pagination: 21 p. 31.3 x 21.7 cm

Summary of Content: Report on new missions in Monterey. Includes physical conditions of the buildings, abilities of missionaries, obstacles due to local resistance among Indians, settlers and California ranchers.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: American WestCatholicismChristianityReligionConstructionAmerican Indian HistoryImmigration and Migration

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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