Mexico: Talleres De Impresson De Estampillas y Valores, 1936. First Edition. Octavo. Item #027219
43 pages, with the large folding map in the rear pocket. In 1531, Fray Juan de San Miguel of the Franciscan order, worked without rest in Michoacan. He learned the native language and lived among the Indians to whom he distributed land and water. He founded schools and hospitals. Humble, barefooted, but with great faith, he went on to Uruapan. Under his direction, the Indians learned manual arts, how to make organs for the choirs, rosary beads, small chocolate-mills, capstans, cotton gloves and stockings, the cutting of mill stones for grinding and to plant trees and crops. He instructed them in the use of different musical instruments, forming groups and awakening their deep sense of music. In the Uruapan mountains he re-organized Indian villages and founded others, giving them Christian names. It became a major center of commercial life. From the library of Philip D. Curtin, the scholar from John Hopkins who established for the first time the pattern of the slave trade. His work also examined the Yaqui in northern Mexico (the Chichimec frontier) and the Maya, with emphasis on the so-called second conquest that began shortly before independence from Spain and continued into the 1900s. A handsome copy bound in 1/4 brown cloth over pictorial paper covered boards lettered and decorated in green and black, light wear to spine ends, some toning to boards. Very nice.