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To Overcome OneselfThe Jesuit Ethic and Spirit of Global Expansion, 1520-1767$
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J. Michelle Molina

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275652

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275652.001.0001

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Colonial Indifference?

Colonial Indifference?

Another Approach to the Colonial Other

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(p.150) 6 Colonial Indifference?
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To Overcome Oneself
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J. Michelle Molina

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275652.003.0007

This chapter continues to explore the Italian Jesuit’s experiences in New Spain, juxtaposing his experiences preaching in the countryside with his perspective on a vocation ministering to sons of the Indian elite at the Colegio S. Gregorio in Mexico City. I read and interpret his accounts of the itinerant missions he made each year, as well as the letters that he wrote to his father in Milan. In the process, I use these sources to comment upon Indian “acculturation” to Christian practices, as well this Jesuit’s missionary desire to be further afield from cosmopolitan Mexico City. He desired a life of greater mobility on the northern Mexican frontiers and, importantly, within reach of the martyr’s death.

Keywords:   Juan Bautista Zappa, Giovanni Battista Zappa, Colegio S. Gregorio

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