A Guide to the Bernardo de Miranda Papers, 1755-1756
In 1755, Lieutenant governor of Texas Bernardo de Miranda y Flores was ordered by Governor Jacinto de Barrios y Jáuregui to organize an expedition to the mineral deposits of Cerro del Almagre and the Almagre Grande, or known collectively as Los Almagres. With a team of soldiers and an Indian interpreter, Miranda y Flores left San Antonio in February 1756. A month later, he discovered silver mines in the region and was appointed captain of a presidio. The mines, however, were not excavated during his tenure.
Goodwyn, Frank. "Miranada y Flores, Bernardo de."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 15, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmi49.
Two bound copies of a typescript of notifications, reports, and decrees composes the Bernardo de Miranda Papers, 1755-1756, chronicling his exploration of the Los Alamgres silver mines in Texas. Decrees from the governor of Texas Jacinto de Barrios y Jáuregui, among others, concern permissions for the expedition and the presidio, while notifications from Miranda relate to the defense of the presidio. Additionally, reports discuss the geology of the silver mines.
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Bernardo de Miranda Papers, 1755-1756, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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