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I picked up this book at a bookstore on 18th that was going out of business, because I was looking at it and I realized that I knew literally nothing about the entire continent of South America I know that the Incas lived there and they got conquered by Pizarro, and I know the names of the countries that are there now, but that was the extent of my South American knowledge, which is pretty sad, when you think about it It is an entire continent, after all Sadly, this book did not enlighten me I picked up this book at a bookstore on 18th that was going out of business, because I was looking at it and I realized that I knew literally nothing about the entire continent of South America I know that the Incas lived there and they got conquered by Pizarro, and I know the names of the countries that are there now, but that was the extent of my South American knowledge, which is pretty sad, when you think about it It is an entire continent, after all Sadly, this book did not enlighten me too much You would think the author would be able to fit a lot of history in here, but this is basically a very long winded telling of a simple story The Jesuit monks were quite successful in converting natives in South America They did this for almost two hundred years They were hated, pretty much the whole time, by the Spanish and Portuguese settlers, because the Jesuits were against enslaving the indians and the settlers were very much in favor of enslaving the indians The settlers spread all kinds of rumors about the Jesuits, the most popular of which was that they had secret gold mines hidden in the jungle and were hiding all their gold in the churches Eventually, the Jesuits got kicked out People looted the churches, didn t find any gold, so enslaved some indians to cheer themselves up The end Victorian era Brits can be very verbose One interesting thing about reading this was that hidden in the verbosity was an upper class liberal type who was starting to understand that the British empire was just as inappropriate as the old Spanish empire It s funny, he ll make a little reference to the British colonies and he ll imply that black people aren t as smart as indians, to justify all the African colonies that Britain had at the time, but in the next breath he ll make another comment that shows that he understands that Imperialists always make excuses like that and try to pretend that they are humanitarians He also calls stupid people suet heads at one point I liked that Intersting history opening a window on the work,life, struggles of the fascinating Jesuits in South America A very educational work on the subject from all aspects and angles |Download Pdf ☨ A Vanished Arcadia: Being Some Account of the Jesuits in Paraguay, 1607 to 1767 ♋ With a Map An account of the Christian Commonwealth of the Jesuit Missions between the Parana and Uruguay and an examination of whether the work they did amongst the Indians was beneficial