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War of ShadowsThe Struggle for Utopia in the Peruvian Amazon$
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Michael Brown and Eduardo Fernandez

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780520074354

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520074354.001.0001

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To Fill the Granaries of Heaven

To Fill the Granaries of Heaven

(p.15) One To Fill the Granaries of Heaven
War of Shadows

Michael F. Brown

Eduardo Fernandez

University of California Press

Juan Vélez guided two Jesuit priests, Juan Font and Nicolás Mastrillo, to a settlement of jungle Indians east of the highland village of Andamarca. They assured the Indians of their good intentions, until they won over their hosts with the humblest of gestures. Like most sixteenth- and seventeenth-century explorers, Font found it difficult to identify the native groups he encountered on his travels. Establishing the identity and scale of native groups has always been a problem for colonial powers. Christian Spain was a military power afflicted with an unhealthy economy. The Asháninka population seemed large to the Spanish. After putting down the rebellion of Ignacio Torote, the Franciscans had reason to hope for a period of peace in which they could win Indian souls. The Spanish authorities are convinced that a serious threat to their tenuous control had arisen in the Pajonál.

Keywords:   Juan Vélez, Asháninka, Juan Font, Nicolás Mastrillo, colonial powers, military power, rebellion, Spanish authorities

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