A Violent Evangelism

The Discovery of America : With Some Account of Ancient America and the Spanish Conquest . 2 vols . ... In El hombre en busca de sentido , 11-94 . ... Introduction , editing , notes , and Spanish translation by Angel Losada .

A Violent Evangelism

In this thought-provoking book, Rivera argues that evangelical reasoning and symbolism were appropriated to justify the armed seizure of people and land in the New World and to validate the conversion, peaceful or forced, of the natives. He recaptures the 16-century political debates, contrasts "discovery" and conquest, and examines the tragic outcome: demographic collapse from the islands Columbus first sighted to the Inca empire in Peru.

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