Another Approach to the Colonial Other
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.
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