The Lost Paradise: The Jesuit Republic in South America Philip Caraman

ISBN: 9780816492954

Published: January 1st 1976

Hardcover

341 pages


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The Lost Paradise: The Jesuit Republic in South America  by  Philip Caraman

The Lost Paradise: The Jesuit Republic in South America by Philip Caraman
January 1st 1976 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 341 pages | ISBN: 9780816492954 | 8.51 Mb

This is an excellent introductory history of the Indian Missions and Reductions operated by the Jesuits from the start of the 16th Century to the Middle of the 18th Century in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina. The Reductions typically had 2,500 to 3,000 Indian residents.

They were self-sufficient. The Indians not only performed the agricultural work but exercised many trades such as blacksmithing and carpentry.The success of the missions were a source of great jealousy amongst the settlers from Europe. Thus when the political power of the Jesuits in Europe declined in the 18th Century, the Portuguese colonial administrators abolished the missions. The white settlers attempted to enslave the Indians who had lived on the reductions.

Whether they escaped to the jungle or were enslaved, the living standards of the Indians declined dramatically. Caramans book provides a fine narrative of a noble endeavour and the absolutely scandalous manner in which it came to an end.



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