The New Latin American Mission History

The New Latin American Mission History

by Erick D. Langer
     
 


The subject of missions—formal efforts at religious conversion of native peoples of the Americas by colonizing powers—is one that renders the modern student a bit uncomfortable. Where the mission enterprise was actuated by true belief it strikes the modern sensibility as fanaticism; where it sprang from territorial or economic motives it seems the… See more details below

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The subject of missions—formal efforts at religious conversion of native peoples of the Americas by colonizing powers—is one that renders the modern student a bit uncomfortable. Where the mission enterprise was actuated by true belief it strikes the modern sensibility as fanaticism; where it sprang from territorial or economic motives it seems the rankest sort of hypocrisy. That both elements—greed and real faith—were usually present at the same time is bewildering.
 
In this book seven scholars attempt to create a “new” mission history that deals honestly with the actions and philosophic motivations of the missionaries, both as individuals and organizations and as agents of secular powers, and with the experiences and reactions of the indigenous peoples, including their strategies of accommodation, co-optation, and resistance.
 
The new mission historians examine cases from throughout the hemisphere—from the Andes to northern Mexico to California—in an effort to find patterns in the contact between the European missionaries and the various societies they encountered.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803279537
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Series:
Latin American Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Ibero-American Frontier Mission in Native American History1
Missions and the Frontier Economy: The Case of the Franciscan Missions among the Chiriguanos, 1845-193049
Indigenous Responses to Mission Settlement in Nueva Vizcaya77
Cultural, Economic, and Demographic Change in the Missions of Alta California: The Case of Nuestra Senora de la Soledad109
Guajiro Culture and Capuchin Evangelization: Missionary Failure on the Riohacha Frontier130
Paraguay's Pueblos de Indios: Echoes of a Missionary Past157
Conclusion189
The Contributors195
Index197

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