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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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To Overcome Oneself

J. Michelle Molina

University of California Press

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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