Who was Junipero Serra? And
why was he in the
Junípero Serra y Ferrer November 24, 1713 – August 28, 1784) was a
Spanish Roman Catholic priest and missionary of the Franciscan
Order. He is credited with establishing many missions in what was then
Spanish-occupied Alta California in
Countless books, article and ditties have been written about him some of which I am sure is true. Just go to WIKI and you will find one of the larger ditties rivaling even WIKI’s write up on Jesse James by about 75%, and we all know how wrong they got his story. No less than 172 references are listed, dozens and dozens of books written and all of this came from 376 pages of the original source, Titled RELACION HISTORICA DE LA VIDA Y APOSTOLICAS TAREAS DEL VENERABLE PADRE FRAY JUNIPERO SERRA, or the English version, a translation which occurred about 1913, 370 pages titled HISTORICAL RELATIONSHIP OF LIFE AND APOSTOLICS Tasks of the venerable Father Fray Junipero Serra. If EACH of the 172 references written about Junipero Serra had only half the amount of pages of the original it would be just under 32,000 pages of partial truths, sugar coating, regurgitation, speculation, opinion, conjecture, contradictions and some good old fashioned bullshit. The majority of the references were written from 1955 to present, most in the last 20 years.
If any of you would like a copy of the original Spanish, or the English translation, …ask.
The reason I have chosen to write about Junipero Serra
today, is because there are things the many writers have missed but rightfully
so, because they just didn’t know. Was Junipero Serra in the
After reading the WIKI Ditty on Junipero, it is obvious
to me that those who wrote about him considered him a regular OL’ Saint, and he
was a Saint, or at least the
Here is a small portion I just have a hard time with, especially after watching the movie The DaVinci Code.
earlier Franciscan missionary and saint, Francisco Solano, Serra made a
habit of punishing himself physically, to purify his spirit. He wore a
sackcloth spiked with bristles, or a coat interwoven with broken pieces of
wire, under his gray friar's outer garment. In his austere cell, Serra
kept a chain of sharp pointed iron links hanging on the wall beside his bed, to
whip himself at night when sinful thoughts ran through his mind. His nightly
self-flagellations at the
In one of his
I’m sure Silus the albino from the movie was a saint too….
If you read carefully in the original document mentioned, in 1777 you will find the implications of him traveling to “Visit the most Northerly Missions” not far from the river known in them days as Rio Buenaventura of Neuva California Likely “El Alto” or the Uinta Mountains.
As it would seem he had at least 4 mines and one cache location in the Uintas, two of the mines have been found and one of the mines which I will show below, I have a photo somewhere here of the same mine in 1970’s when it was still open from those who discovered it in the late 1800’s. This is one of the many projects I hope to be working on this year.
Mine located at the top of the map