The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 263
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Maintaining the Department of San Blas, 1775-1777 263
ship's boys, and sixteen sailors. The annual cost of the depart-
ment proper was calculated at 8,691 pesos, 4 tomines (or reales),
6 granos, including rations for 127 men in the Californias;5 of
the shipyard, at 12,355 pesos, 2 tomines, 6 granos, mostly for re-
pairs to ships; and of the fleet, at 34,037 pesos, 5 tomines. Thus
the total cost for San Blas would be over 55,000 pesos a year,
with only three boats in service. As an offset, the salt mines of
San Blas produced about 25,000 pesos a year. Besides the three
ships provided for, which were to serve as supply ships, there were
two, other packet boats, one sloop, and a schooner in the depart-
inent for which no funds were assigned. Echeveste recommended
that very careful, detailed accounts should be kept at San Blas
of goods shipped to the Californin= " A iuntfa do guerra y real
hacienda of July 8, 1773, sustained the recommendations of
Echeveste that have been quoted here, but recommended sale of
the extra four ships. Special notice was also taken of complaints
received from Campo, an official at San Blas, that there were not
enough funds on hand even to pay wages to the men,7 and the
necessity was recognized for' early despatch of money to San Bias
to cover expenses for the rest of the year 1773.8 Bucarely's decree
of July 23 amounted to an agreement with the junta until the
king should decide upon a new reglamento.
Additional duties were placed upon the department in connec-
tion with Spanish voyages of exploration to, the northwest to see
whether the Russians had formed establishments upon American
soil. This called for more ships and men and officers. In a
letter of July 27, 1773, Bucarely asked Arriaga to send some
naval officers from Spain for use in the projected explorations.9
Arriaga's reply of August 24 informed him that six were being
sent.'0 One voyage was made, however, before their arrival, that
5Except for four muleteers and the missionaries this number accounted
for the entire Spanish establishments of the Californias.
GIn Testimonio del Reglamento Provisional, 1773, A. G. I., 104-6-16,
'Campo's letters, dated January 27 and February 14, 1773, are in
Testimonio de las representaciones del Comisionado de S. Blas, A. G. I.,
104-6-16, Cuad. 5.
9A. G. I., Estado, And. Mex. 1, Doe. 1.
"Cited in Bucarely to Arriaga, Nov. 26, 1773. A. G. I., Estado, Aud.
Mex. 1, Doc. 4.
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