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Native Martyrs in the Early Modern Spanish World

Native Martyrs in the Early Modern Spanish World
15 Devonshire Place, Room 200, Larkin Building
Time: Oct 28th, 12:30 pm End: Oct 28th, 2:30 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Latin American, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 2000-, 1500-1800
Talk by Jason Dyck, University of Toronto

The Latin American Studies Program at the University of Toronto
cordially invites you to a Luncheon Series lecture


Native Martyrs in the Early Modern Spanish World
by Jason Dyck

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The traditional image of a martyr in the early modern Spanish world is usually a mendicant friar or Jesuit dying at the hands of savage heathens. Missionaries masterfully crafted this image in their sacred histories for various reasons, among them the desire to further promote their overseas missions. But even if most martyrs in the Spanish Atlantic and Pacific were Spaniards, several native converts also died at the hands of their own people or other native groups. In this talk I analyze representations of native martyrs in sacred histories from across Spanish America and the Mariana Islands, arguing that these cases demonstrate that natives were often the principal carriers of Christianity throughout the Spanish world despite the triumphant rhetoric of the so-called “spiritual conquest.”

About the Presenter
Jason Dyck is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. He is a historian of the early modern Spanish world with a special interest in colonial Latin America. His research focuses on colonial religion, missionary work, and the craft of sacred history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. For more information on his publications and research activity you can visit his website at http://jasoncdyck.com/.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact the Latin American Studies Program  at (416) 946-7980


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