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José de Gálvez Papers
mssGA 1-734  
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This collection consists of letters, documents, and one map (all in Spanish) assembled in 1794 for the Conde de Revilla Gigedo. It consists mostly of official correspondence (1765-72) between Spanish statesman José de Gálvez (1720-1794) and the successive viceroys of Mexico, dealing with the organization of the expeditions sent to San Diego and Monterey to occupy California, the efforts to enlarge the frontiers of New Spain and subdue the Indians in Sonora and Sinaloa, and the removal of the Jesuit missionaries from Lower California.
Spanish statesman José de Gálvez (1720-1787) was sent in 1765 by Charles III to New Spain (Mexico) as Visitador-General in order to effect administrative and financial reforms. Along with the new viceroy, Carlos Francisco de Croix, Galvez undertook improvements, including the reorganization of the tax system, the strengthening of the northern frontier, and the Spanish occupation of Alta California.
734 pieces in 11 boxes 2 oversize folders
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