By Robert C. Galgano
Feast of Souls explores local peoples' responses to Spanish makes an attempt to problem and exchange conventional non secular practices in Florida and New Mexico. In those areas, Franciscan missions have been the first mechanism for either religious and secular colonization within the 17th century.
By 1700, there have been merely approximately 1,000 Spaniards in Florida and 3,000 in New Mexico; the rookies depended on Indians for power converts, employees, buying and selling companions, and armed forces allies. yet, the Spaniards' very presence between indigenous peoples created epidemiological, political, fabric, and monetary crises in local communities.
Natives' reactions in New Mexico and Florida different extensively yet they still sought to manage their very own destinies. a few teams embraced the conquerors' choices all alone phrases and a few rejected them completely. a few even fled or rebelled, as in Florida in 1656 and New Mexico in 1680. Sifting via Spanish colonial money owed and glossy archaeological and architectural investigations, Robert Galgano will pay equivalent recognition to the perspectives of the beginners and the natives whereas emphasizing the Franciscans' views over these of the Spanish political management.