By Albrecht Classen
The historical past of the us has been deeply made up our minds by means of Germans all through time, yet hardly ever an individual has spotted that this used to be the case within the Southwest in addition, often called Arizona/Sonora this day, within the eighteenth century as Pimería Alta. This used to be the realm the place the Jesuits operated all by way of themselves, and plenty of of them, at the very least because the 1730s, originated from the Holy Roman Empire, as a result have been pointed out as Germans (including Swiss, Austrians, Bohemians, Croats, Alsatians, and Poles). such a lot of them have been hugely religious and committed, tough operating and intensely clever humans, reaching wonders by way of settling the local inhabitants, educating and changing them to Christianity. although, as a result of advanced political procedures and the results of the ‘black legend’ all Jesuit missionaries have been expelled from the Americas in 1767, and the order used to be banned globally in 1773. As this publication illustrates, an incredibly huge variety of those German Jesuits composed broad studies or even encyclopedias, to not overlook letters, in regards to the Sonoran desolate tract and its humans. a lot of what we all know approximately that global derives from their writing, which proves to be interesting, vigorous, and hugely informative examining material.
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Middendorf was assigned the location of San Xavier del Bac, today just south of Tucson. However, continuing problems with his lungs and the severe hostility of the Apaches in that region made it impossible for him to maintain that mission, so he was quickly transferred to Batuc and, in 1761, to Movas, which was further south. Most notably, Middendorf considerably improved on Johann Nentuig’s original map of that region. In 1757, he created his own map of the northern part of the Pimería Alta, which the governor Juan de Mendoza sent to the viceroy in Mexico City.
And what great news and how rare is that which your Reverence imparts to me, . . ’” 35 ADAM GILG We also encounter Bohemian Jesuit missionaries, or, as we would say today, Czechs, such as Adam Gilg, who was born on December 20, 1653, in Römerstadt/Rýmařov, Moravia (today, eastern Czech Republic). On September 30, 1670, he joined the Jesuit Order in Olmütz and took his professio quatuor votorum on March 19, 1686. In 1687, he left for the New World and struck up a friendship while traveling with the Flemish Jesuit Pedro Tomâs van Hamme (1651–1727), who was equally interested in mathematics and astronomy.
The ships arrived at Bahía de Ocoa on Santo Domingo on December 30, 1730, resumed sailing on January 4, 1731, reached Cabo San Antonio on January 17, and, finally, La Havana. From there they continued on April 4, 1731, arriving in Veracruz on April 19. The next month, Segesser and his confreres (fellow fathers or missionaries) established the pilgrimage site of Guadalupe northeast of Mexico City. On June 17, 1731, they continued their journey northward, arriving in Durango on July 19; they reached Sonora in early October and then, finally, San Xavier del Bac on May 7 or 8, 1732.
Early history of the Southwest through the eyes of German-speaking Jesuit missionaries : a transcultural experience in the eighteenth century by Albrecht Classen