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Daily Life in Colonial Mexico - (American Exploration and Travel (Paperback)) (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 240

Genre: History

Series Title: American Exploration and Travel (Paperback)

Format: Paperback

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Book theme: Mexico

Author: Friar Ilarione Da Bergamo

Language: English

Street Date: July 30, 2011
TCIN: 78569883
UPC: 9780806142333
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-0534


In 1761 Ilarione da Bergamo, a Capuchin friar, journeyed to Mexico to gather alms for foreign missions. After harrowing voyages across the Mediterranean and Atlantic, he reached Mexico City in 1763. His account reveals the squalor, crime, and other perils in the viceregal capital, and details daily life: food, public hygiene, sexual morality, medical practices, and popular diversions. His observations about religious life are particularly valuable. Ilarione also describes mining and refining techniques, recounts a bitter and bloody miners' strike, and recalls traveling across bandit-infested wilderness to Guadalajara.

After his return to Italy, Ilarione wrote an account of his journey, published here for the first time in English. The editors have liberally annotated the text, written an introduction about Ilarione's life and the historical context of his journey, and included more than a dozen of Fra Ilarione's original drawings, including maps and sketches of Mexican flora. Daily Life in Colonial Mexico is a welcome addition to the firsthand literature of New Spain.

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