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Missions Begin with Blood – Suffering and Salvation in the Borderlands of New Spain - Fordham Scholarship Online
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Missions Begin with Blood: Suffering and Salvation in the Borderlands of New Spain

Brandon L. Bayne


In 1695, Father Antonio Menéndez, the Rector of the Mayo and Yaqui missions of Sonora, wrote to Father Eusebio Kino to assure him that the recent revolt of the O’odham and death of the missionary Father Javier Saeta was not a tragedy, but a triumph. He optimistically reassured Kino, “It is a good sign, Father, that all those missions begin with the blood of a minister to cultivate it since it is an indication of their perseverance and good stability.” While the idea that successful missions needed Indigenous revolts and missionary deaths seems counterintuitive, this book illustrates how it bec ... More

Keywords: borderlands, Christianity, Indigenous, Jesuits, martyrdom, missionaries, sacrifice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780823294206
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823294206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brandon L. Bayne, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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