Converting California: Indians and Franciscans in the Missions / Edition 1

Converting California: Indians and Franciscans in the Missions / Edition 1

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by James A. Sandos
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300136439

ISBN-13: 9780300136432

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

This book is a compelling and balanced history of the California missions and their impact on the Indians they tried to convert. Focusing primarily on the religious conflict between the two groups, it sheds new light on the tensions, accomplishments, and limitations of the California mission experience.

James A. Sandos, an eminent authority on the American West,

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This book is a compelling and balanced history of the California missions and their impact on the Indians they tried to convert. Focusing primarily on the religious conflict between the two groups, it sheds new light on the tensions, accomplishments, and limitations of the California mission experience.

James A. Sandos, an eminent authority on the American West, traces the history of the Franciscan missions from the creation of the first one in 1769 until they were turned over to the public in 1836. Addressing such topics as the singular theology of the missions, the role of music in bonding Indians to Franciscan enterprises, the diseases caused by contact with the missions, and the Indian resistance to missionary activity, Sandos not only describes what happened in the California missions but offers a persuasive explanation for why it happened.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300136432
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,235,894
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction....................xiii
1. California's Missions as Instruments of Social Control....................1
2. Indians at Contact....................14
3. Junípero Serra and Franciscan Evangelization....................33
4. The Indians of San Diego Say "No!"....................55
5. Serra Refuses to Turn Back....................69
6. Fermín Francisco Lasuén and Evangelization....................83
7. Evangelization in Serra's Shadow....................99
8. "The Only Heritage Their Parents Gave Them": Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Other Diseases....................111
9. Music and Conversion....................128
10. Indian Resistance to Missionization....................154
11. Assessing California's Missions....................174
Notes....................185
Bibliography....................219
Index....................241

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