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Author Sandos, James A., author.

Title Converting California : Indians and Franciscans in the missions / James A. Sandos
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2004


Description 1 online resource (xix, 251 pages) : illustrations
Series Western Americana series
Yale Western Americana series (Unnumbered)
Contents California's missions as instruments of social control -- Indians at contact -- Junípero Serra and Franciscan evangelization -- The Indians of San Diego say "no!" -- Serra refuses to turn back -- Fermin Francisco Lasuen and evangelization -- Evangelization in Serra's shadow -- The only heritage their parents gave them : syphilis, gonorrhea, and other diseases -- Music and conversion -- Indian resistance to missionization -- Assessing California's missions
Summary This book is a compelling and balanced history of the California missions and their impact on the Indians they tried to convert. Focusing primarily on the religious conflict between the two groups, it sheds new light on the tensions, accomplishments, and limitations of the California mission experience. James Sandos, an eminent authority on the American West, traces the history of the Franciscan missions from the creation of the first one in 1769 until they were turned over to the public in 1836. Addressing such topics as the singular theology of the missions, the role of music in bonding Indians to Franciscan enterprises, the diseases caused by contact with the missions, and the Indian resistance to missionary activity, Sandos not only describes what happened in the California missions but offers a persuasive explanation for why it happened
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-240) and index
Notes English
Print version record
SUBJECT Serra, Junípero, Saint, 1713-1784.
Serra, Junípero, Saint, 1713-1784. fast (OCoLC)fst00041827
Subject Franciscans -- Missions -- California -- History
SUBJECT Franciscans. fast (OCoLC)fst00530004
Subject Indians of North America -- Missions -- California -- History
Indians, Treatment of -- California -- History
RELIGION -- Christian Ministry -- Missions.
Indians of North America -- Missions.
Indians, Treatment of.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780300129120