Category Culture

Edición Instituto Cervantes at FAS - Harvard University

Estudios del Observatorio/Observatorio Studies. 069-03/2021EN  (Trans.)

Abstract: Luis Jerónimo de Oré is one of the most notable criollo thinkers from the Viceroyalty of Peru. He joined the Seraphic Order early in life, excelled thanks to his linguistic acumen, and worked as a missionary in the Andes, Spanish Florida, and southern Chile. This study focuses on Oré’s little-known work Relación de los mártires de La Florida (c. 1619), the product of his experience in North America and the Caribbean. I will indicate propose the ways in which Oré uses his brief treatise to criticize several aspects of imperial policy, describe exploratory trips in North America, comment on life in the borderlands, and praise the Franciscans’ work at evangelism. The analysis aims to show why the Relación offers an unparalleled account of an early era of globalization while connecting the history of North and South America and demonstrating their indissoluble link with Spain.

Keywords: evangelism, Franciscans, Jesuits, kidnapping, reductions, northern border

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