The first bilingual Spanish and English edition of Jesuit Antonio Ruiz de Montoya's The Spiritual Conquest (1639) is one of the most important sources for understanding the encounters between missionaries, settlers, and native peoples in seventeenth century Paraguay. It is rich for what it reveals about the process by which the Jesuits converted the Guaraní to Christianity. There was an intense struggle for dominance, resulting in the martyrdom of seven Jesuits and the creation of the early reducciones (settlements). The volume will help scholars understand Paraguay's rich native past as well as the Jesuits themselves, especially their struggle against Indian slavery.
A great adventure
Posted by Unknown on Apr 6th 2018
This account of the conversion of the Guarani-speaking people of Paraguay by Jesuit missionaries is full of interest in its vivid description of early modern European Catholic missionaries—their contact with an alien culture and land and their courageous defense of indigenous people against the ruthless exploitation and violence of the Spanish colonialists.