By Friar Ilarione da Bergamo, Robert Ryal Miller, William J. Orr
After returning to his Italian monastery in 1770, a Capuchin friar named Ilarione da Bergamo wrote an account of his transatlantic crossing and five-year place of dwelling in colonial Mexico. despatched to Mexico to gather alms for missionary paintings, Friar Ilarione lived 4 years within the silver mining camp of actual del Monte, fifty miles north of the vice regal capital. Ilarione relates how he secured silver donations from the miners, describes mining and refining concepts, and writes of a sour and common hard work strike. Ilarione additionally spent a couple of months in Mexico urban. He unearths the squalor, crime, and different perils of existence within the capital, and describes info of everyday life, together with the general public baths, clinical practices, cockfights, bullfights, birds, local vegetation, renowned nutrients, and spiritual rituals. during this lately came across manuscript, released right here for the 1st time in English, editors Robert Ryal Miller and William J. Orr determine imprecise references, translate Nahuatl phrases, enlarge info, and be sure ancient occasions. everyday life in Colonial Mexico is a welcome boost to the firsthand literature of latest Spain.
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Word had it that twelve Spanish sailors were killed. The captain-commandant, who was also ashore, was informed of all this and replied that he did not have an order from the court to defend himself (a truly preposterous response). Nevertheless, he gave orders for all the captains and officers who were on shore to go aboard [their ships] at once and promptly set sail to pursue the English frigate. But after having 44 THE JOURNEY OF FRIAR ILARIONE DA BERGAMO mocked the Spanish nation and destroyed its ships, it swiftly headed out [to sea] and escaped.
On my return from Mexico in 1768, I found it well advanced, with its entire choir already roofed. 14 This name was devised by a Capuchin missionary father to honor the Blessed Virgin through this title. It then spread throughout not just Spain, but America and other regions as well. Of the various Capuchin styles, the church of the Capuchins is one of the finer ones I have seen. The main altar has fine paintings. ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN TO SPAIN 35 There are eleven other highly lustrous altars, and there is always a tremendous throng of people because of the frequent services.
That mountain is entirely a natural rock formation and so steep that it resembles a high wall. It is packed with batteries, carved into the rock, positioned one on top of the other. On the summit there is a small but sturdy castle. I could not observe the fortifications facing the sea because we had dropped anchor in a location where they could not be discerned. I also saw four gallows, with [corpses of] men dangling from all of them; they are left there until they later fall apart. 3 The English allowed this for the convenience of the Catholic merchants who live in this plaza or come there to do business.
Daily Life in Colonial Mexico: The Journey of Friar Ilarione Da Bergamo, 1761-1768 (American Exploration and Travel Series) by Friar Ilarione da Bergamo, Robert Ryal Miller, William J. Orr