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 abode in colonial Mexico. despatched to Mexico to assemble 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 ideas, and writes of a sour and common hard work strike. Ilarione additionally spent a few months in Mexico urban. He finds the squalor, crime, and different perils of lifestyles within the capital, and describes info of way of life, together with the general public baths, scientific practices, cockfights, bullfights, birds, local crops, renowned nutrition, and spiritual rituals. during this lately chanced on manuscript, released right here for the 1st time in English, editors Robert Ryal Miller and William J. Orr determine imprecise references, translate Nahuatl phrases, magnify information, and ascertain ancient occasions. everyday life in Colonial Mexico is a great addition to the firsthand literature of latest Spain.

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He commended me to the captain with instructions to accommodate me in the stern and at his table, all this free of charge. After having spent four and a half months in Cádiz, on July 9 I boarded the saetía, which was named Nuestra Señora de la Merced. Once I was aboard, a rather ludicrous incident occurred in the following way: A few hours after we set sail (and were already CAPTURED BY THE ENGLISH 39 outside the bay) I was alone in the cabin below the stern and putting my effects in order, when I noticed that above deck various other passengers from the same room where I was accommodated were scurrying about.

Upon arriving in Genoa, I headed to the archbishop, Monsignor Giuseppe Maria Saporiti, to whom I presented the letter from the most eminent prefect. On the order of the aforementioned cardinal, I received fifty Roman scudi11 from the archbishop, allowing me to make some provisions for my journey. I spent nearly three months in Genoa, waiting for a vessel headed to Spain. In the meantime, I managed to see the rare attractions of that dominion. Eventually I made an agreement about my transportation to Cádiz with Captain Orebick, from Ragusa,12 on his 300-ton-frigate San Nicolò.

There was one woman, also a cabin passenger. Passengers in steerage included more than seventy riffraff, people who go to America clandestinely without the obligatory licenses required by the laws of Spain. Because we did not see the entire convoy emerge, we continued our voyage under minimal wind with the flagship, the Venus, and a small vessel with a single mast, which was making the voyage to Havana. On February 11, the sixteenth day after our departure from Cádiz, a very powerful south-southwest wind arose, convulsing the ocean with such a storm that we all thought ourselves utterly and irretrievably lost.

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