Lack of knowledge of the aborigines and of their languages led to many errors on the part of the early explorers and settlers. Soon after the organization of the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1879, the work of recording a tribal synonymy was formally assigned to Henry W. Henshaw. The 2,500 tribal names and synonyms appearing in this list were taken chiefly from James Mooney's manuscript; the linguistic classification was the result of the work that the Bureau had been conducting under Henshaw's supervision. The handbook contains a descriptive list of the stocks, confederacies, tribes, tribal divisions, and settlements north of Mexico, accompanied with the various names by which these have been known, together with biographies of Indians of note, sketches of their history, archeology, manners, arts, customs, and institutions, and the aboriginal words incorporated into the English language.
The Mission Record of the California Indians was in response to a list of questions sent to Alta California in 1811 by the Spanish government of Mexico. The “interrogatorio” was answered at the various missions, the replies collected and prefaced by the president of the mission with a short general statement or abstract of the answers received to each question and then presumably forwarded to Mexico with a copy retained in the archives of the Santa Barbara Mission.
1972 - The Old World Background of the Irrigation System of San Antonio, Texas (Southwestern Studies Series: No 35); Glick, Thomas F.
An in depth work that compares the Old-World irrigation systems established in the late fifteenth century on the islands off Spain (Canary Islands) and the technology/works applied in "New Spain," most notably, in the San Antonio, Texas, region. The Spaniards brought with them arid-land techniques, including technology and institutional framework for irrigation and distribution of water. Thomas Glick shows how the settlers adapted the Old-World irrigation principles and practices introduced into Spain by the Muslims in the Middle Ages while embracing other irrigation methods in their new environment.
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