Friday, November 22, 2013
Under Spanish law, the Esselen were technically free men
"On May 9, 1775, Junípero Serra baptized what appears to be the first Esselen, Pach-hepas, who was the 40-year-old chief of the Excelen. The baptism took place in at Xasáuan, 10 leagues (about 26 miles ) southeast of the mission, in an area now named Cachagua, a close approximation of the Esselen name.
Under Spanish law, the Esselen were technically free men, but they could be compelled by force to labor without pay. More correctly, upon baptism they were considered to be part of a monastic order, subject to the rules of that order."
Posted by j at 11:07 PM