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Friar Junípero Serra

In the age of post-truth, it perhaps makes more sense than ever before, showing great characters in history, that they are masters of humanity. This does not mean talking about a legendary being, or as you would now say, a superhero, where his virtues are exaggerated and his flaws are silenced. Lol Because it would not be true what is shown and above all, because it would be unhuman. But to show the character what it is, with its lights and shadows. To learn from all the good he's done, even the bad. So as not to fall for those mistakes. Educationally speaking is something that impacts our training, at all ages. But especially in childhood, where we have more capacity for wonder. And it's a very strong footprint, if we show attention and interest. One of these great characters is Junípero Serra. Miguel José, the name with which he was baptized, is a Spanish missionary born in 1713 in Petra (Mallorca) who founded 9 missions in the United States and maintained others that were already underway. For this reason, he is the only Spaniard to have a statue in the U.S. Capitol, that monument that appears in American films and has a large white dome. Junípero appears there, representing California. In fact, they call him the "Father of California." Since 23 September 2015 he has been a saint in the Catholic Church. What legacy does it leave to the USA, Mexico, Spain and the Church? On the one hand, it helped the independence of the United States, supported by Spain. Collecting money, which he sent to help the independence cause of the 13 colonies on the East Coast. That cause triumphed in 1781. In addition, he is the Father or founder of several U.S. missions, which would later be the largest, most important and influential cities on the West Coast of the United States: Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, etc. In Mexico are the 5 Franciscan missions founded under his supervision, of the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro. Built between 1750 and 1760. They were declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2003. It is also a model of Christian life, for having lived all human virtues to the highest degree, as Christ did and for being a model of dedication in his missionary work. Pope John Paul II beatified him (step before he was a saint) on September 25, 1988. On September 23, 2015, Pope Francis canonized him. That is, it made him a saint (a person very close to God). They called him the "California Apostle" or "Father of California," because he laid the foundation for the state of California. Recently in California there have been vandalism against his sculptures, for wanting to hold him responsible for alleged abuses against the indigenous community. It is enough to listen to or read the vast wisdom of Elvira Roca Barea, to understand that these comments are the fruit of the "black legend". The reality is that the extermination and abuse of the Indians of America was largely the work of english settlers and their descendants. They were killed or confined to the Indian reserves, in pitiful conditions. article by the author of the book: Alvaro Gil Ruiz More information for young people: "Fray Junípero Serra… and what North America owes it"

Trafalgar Ed at the III BellotaCon

Last January, on the 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th, we were in Badajoz celebrating the III BellotaCon.

We are very grateful to be able to participate in these wonderful wargames days and above all To Sergio Alama for the work done, not forgetting José Luis, a person who has encouraged us a lot throughout the day. I'm going to recount what we did.

Day poster

The first day we arrive in Badajoz, on Thursday, the first thing we do is set up our little stand where we can show our friends the games and projects that we have on our hands, without forgetting the books, of course.

Trafalgar Ed. Games and history books.

We immediately set out to play a game of "Norway 1940". We were lucky to have some friends interested in the game and the truth is that we draw a little attention for the voices that slipped away when we annoyed the Germans disembarking them in central Norway, not so in Narvik and in the south , but oslo, the Oslo thing was brutal, we sank the landing convoy. It was an impressive game.

On Friday we set out to play "Austerlitz 1805" with some juicers that brought us their enormous satisfaction from the game. The most striking thing was the fog of war. They had a great time, but it's not easy to kick the French out of their fortified positions south of the battlefield. I take this opportunity to comment that at the end of this month, most likely, we will start sending the games to our patrons, and also the book.

Austerlitz 1805

We took advantage of the time and between game and game, we got into the sack with "Tactical Commander", a prototype that we want to bring to production as soon as possible. A card war game.

Tactical Commander

And of course, it gave us time to eat, have breakfast and dinner with the best possible friends. I upload you some images to give you a little envy, I'm sorry but we had a great time.

With José Carlos, José Luis, Sergio, José Antonio and Luis.
With the magnificent Stuka Joe.

By Saturday I planned a lecture on "Anatomy of a Defeat. The Trafalgar Naval Campaign: 1804-1805" in the morning and there we went a few resulting in a pleasant talk-colloquium.

Naval Campaign Conference

Also, since we're sponsors, we couldn't let the raffia moment pass. I put here the photos of the winners of our books and game.


Other projects we were able to teach were, in addition to "Tactical Commander", the highly anticipated "Cartagena de Indias, 1741. Blas de Lezo"

Blas de Lezo: Cartagena de Indias, 1741
Blas de Lezo: Cartagena de Indias, 1741

It gave us time to be able to cast a small scenario of "Line Ships: Trafalgar 1805" with all the incentives: approaches, collisions, fires, sinkings, fall of sticks….

I must add that I was immensely lucky to play with three other great people in the "Time of Crisis", including Juan Milano who encouraged us to play the game in such a way that we all laugh. It was brutal.

If all goes well, we plan to repeat next year. So cheer up.

Now we are preparing our HISTORICAL SIMULATION GAME DAYS IN MADRID. Let's see if we can give a specific date.

Greetings to all.