Continental Ambitions: Roman Catholics in North America: The by Kevin Starr PDF

By Kevin Starr

ISBN-10: 162164118X

ISBN-13: 9781621641186

Kevin Starr has accomplished a fast paced evocation of 3 Roman Catholic civilizations—Spain, France, and Recusant England—as they explored, evangelized, and settled the North American continent. This ebook represents the 1st time this tale has been informed in a single quantity. displaying an analogous narrative verve of Starr's award-winning Americans and the California Dream series, this riveting—but occasionally painful—history should still succeed in a large readership.

Starr starts off this paintings with the exploration and transitority payment of North the United States by way of lately Christianized Scandinavians. He maintains with the destruction of Caribbean peoples via New Spain, the fight in contrast tragedy via the nice Dominican Bartolomé de Las Casas, the Jesuit and Franciscan exploration and payment of the Spanish Borderlands (Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Baja, and Alta California), and the strengths and weaknesses of the venture system.

He then turns his consciousness to New France with its hugely built Catholic and Counter-Reformational cultures of Quebec and Montreal, its encounters with local American peoples, and its enhance southward to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. the amount ends with the founding of Maryland as a proprietary colony for Roman Catholic Recusants and Anglicans alike, the increase of Philadelphia and southern Pennsylvania as facilities of Catholic lifestyles, the Suppression of the Jesuits in 1773, and the go back of John Carroll to Maryland the subsequent year.

Starr dramatizes the consultant personalities and occasions that illustrate the triumphs and the tragedies, the achievements and the mess ups, of every of those societies of their explorations, remedy of local american citizens, and translations of non secular and social worth to new and difficult environments. His historical past is impressive for its honesty and its synoptic good fortune in evaluating and contrasting 3 disparate civilizations, albeit every one of them Catholic, with 3 comparable and differing methods to enlargement within the New World.

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