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Why Have You Come Here?: The Jesuits and the First Evangelization of Native America

Nicholas P. Cushner


This book tells the story of how the 16th-century religious conquerors of America attempted to change the belief systems of the Native Americans. To what degree did they succeed or fail? And why? The European protagonists and frontline representatives of the new religion in the spiritual struggles were the Jesuits (members of the Society of Jesus) who, although latecomers to America, soon became the most vocal and visible spokespersons. Invasion and military power are nothing new to minority societies. But how did they handle the waves of spiritual conquerors that came ashore in the 16th centu ... More

Keywords: Jesuits, evangelization, Society of Jesus, La Florida, Sonora, Sinaloa, Maryland, Andean Peru, New France, Jesuit Archives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195307566
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195307569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas P. Cushner, author
Empire College, State University of New York