Continental Ambitions: Roman Catholics in North America: The Colonial Experience

Continental Ambitions: Roman Catholics in North America: The Colonial Experience

by Kevin Starr


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621641186
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 11/02/2016
Pages: 675
Sales rank: 808,141
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Kevin Starr holds a BA from the University of San Francisco, an MA and PhD from Harvard University, and a Master of Library Science from UC Berkeley. He has served as both the City Librarian of San Francisco and the State Librarian for California. He is currently a Professor History at the University of Southern California, where he is a director of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. Starr's many articles and books, including his Americans and the California Dream series, have earned him multiple fellowships, awards, and honorary degrees.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue: Garðar 1126: Bishop Eric Gnupson arrives in Greenland as Scandinavians advance Christianity across the North Atlantic 1

Part 1 Las Floridas

1 Santo Domingo 1511: Resistance grows against the genocide and enslavement of indigenous peoples 21

2 Quivira 1527: Dreams of empire mingle with evangelical ambition 44

3 Saint Augustine 1565: Evangelization falters amid violence, slavery, and revolt 68

4 Apalachee 1595: Friars and soldiers hold the Florida frontier 93

Part 2 The Spanish Borderlands

5 Ácoma 1599: New Mexico, anchor kingdom of the Borderlands, begins with a massacre 115

6 San Fernando de Béxar 1718: Texas is organized as a buffer province 142

7 Loreto 1767: The Society of Jesus gains and loses its Pacific domain 173

Part 3 Las Californias

8 San Bias 1768: New Spain launches an entrada into Alta California 203

9 The Bay of San Francisco 1776: New Spain secures a strategic harbor on the Pacific coast 226

10 Santa Barbara 1842: Secularization brings a bishop to the Califomias 247

Part 4 New France

11 Port-Royal 1606: Humanism inspires the foundation of New France 279

12 Quebec 1615: The Counter-Reformation and Catholic Revival take hold in New France 299

13 Ville-Marie (Montreal) 1642: Divots found a city on the far frontier 321

14 Saint-Ignace 1649: Iroquois destroy Huronia and threaten the survival of New France 342

15 The Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres 1658: The secret consecration of a vicar apostolic for Quebec brings Roman Catholicism to new maturity 364

16 New Orleans 1722: A Jesuit savant reconnoiters French North America 397

17 Natchez 1729: The Mississippi valley and Louisiana are explored and evangelized 430

Part 5 British North America

18 The River Boyne 1689: A king and a peer lose their colonies 463

19 Annapolis 1704: Catholic settlement spreads through the Chesapeake region 500

20 London 1763: Catholic Maryland seeks education abroad while Philadelphia prefigures an American Catholic future 526

Envoy: John Carroll, returns to Maryland 551

Acknowledgments 557

Notes 559

Essay on Sources 567

Index 607

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