Disaster

“The 1806 year end population at Mission Santa Clara that is listed in the annual report is less by 72 people than the same population as determined by subtracting the death entries for the year from the 1805 year-end population (Bowman 1958:147). Scores of deaths [from the Measles epidemic] were noted in the Libro de Difuntos for late March, late April, and early May. Yet no deaths at all were listed at Mission Santa Clara for the two-week period between April 1 and April 15. The priests may have failed to record seventy-two deaths that occurred during that two-week period, because of the stress resulting from the disaster.” —Randall Milliken, “A Time of Little Choice: The Disintegration of Tribal Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area 1769-1810”

Two weeks.