Spiritual Conversion of the Americas

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The conversion efforts of European Christian missionaries, both Catholic and Protestant, in the Americas during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries form a single, continuous thread. From Columbus to the Puritans and beyond, Europeans arriving in the Americas virtually always included in the justification of their colonizing efforts the desire to convert the native peoples to Christianity, as their ancestors had been converted centuries earlier. These essays not only explain how vital these conversion efforts were ...
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Overview

The conversion efforts of European Christian missionaries, both Catholic and Protestant, in the Americas during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries form a single, continuous thread. From Columbus to the Puritans and beyond, Europeans arriving in the Americas virtually always included in the justification of their colonizing efforts the desire to convert the native peoples to Christianity, as their ancestors had been converted centuries earlier. These essays not only explain how vital these conversion efforts were to European expansion but also explore the effects of such conversion work on the Protestant Reformation that was raging in Europe.             In addition to examining a wide range of conversion experiences, this volume also discusses the differences in the Protestant and Catholic conversion efforts, the ways in which the various Catholic religious orders approached potential converts, and the implications of Catholic attempts to convert English Protestants in the New World.      
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813027715
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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James Muldoon is professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University and is currently an invited research scholar at the John Carter Brown Library. He is the author or editor of seven books, most recently Identity on the Medieval Irish Frontier: Degenerate Englishmen, Wild Irishmen, Middle Nations (UPF, 2003).
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Table of Contents

Introduction : seeking spiritual gold in the Americas 1
1 Making the land holy : the mission frontier in early medieval Europe and colonial Mexico 17
2 Conversion practices on the New Mexico frontier 36
3 Two kinds of conversion ("medieval" and "modern") among the Hurons of New France 57
4 Conversion in theory and practice : John Eliot's mission to the Indians 78
5 Lutherans meet the Indians : a seventeenth-century conversion debate 99
6 Dutch Calvinism and Native Americans : a comparative study of the motivations for Protestant conversion among the Tupis in northeastern Brazil (1630-1654) and the Mohawks in central New York (1690-1710) 118
7 "None of these wandering nations has ever been reduced to the faith" : missions and mobility on the Spanish-American frontier 142
8 Confessing the Indians : guilt discourse and acculturation in early Spanish America 169
9 Conversion in Portuguese America 192
10 Making Papists of Puritans : accounting for New English conversions in New France 215
11 Gold for glasse : the trope of trade in English missionary writings 231
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