Continental ambitions : Roman Catholics in North America : the Colonial experience
- Kevin Starr.
- San Francisco : Ignatius Press, 
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Kevin Starr has achieved a fast-paced evocation of three Roman Catholic civilizations--Spain, France, and Recusant England--as they explored, evangelized, and settled the North American continent. This book represents the first time this story has been told in one volume. Showing the same narrative verve of Starr's award-winning Americans and the California Dream series, this riveting--but sometimes painful--history should reach a wide readership.
Starr begins this work with the exploration and temporary settlement of North America by recently Christianized Scandinavians. He continues with the destruction of Caribbean peoples by New Spain, the struggle against this tragedy by the great Dominican Bartolomé de Las Casas, the Jesuit and Franciscan exploration and settlement of the Spanish Borderlands (Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Baja, and Alta California), and the strengths and weaknesses of the mission system.
He then turns his attention to New France with its highly developed Catholic and Counter-Reformational cultures of Quebec and Montreal, its encounters with Native American peoples, and its advance southward to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. The volume ends with the founding of Maryland as a proprietary colony for Roman Catholic Recusants and Anglicans alike, the rise of Philadelphia and southern Pennsylvania as centers of Catholic life, the Suppression of the Jesuits in 1773, and the return of John Carroll to Maryland the following year.
Starr dramatizes the representative personalities and events that illustrate the triumphs and the tragedies, the achievements and the failures, of each of these societies in their explorations, treatment of Native Americans, and translations of religious and social value to new and challenging environments. His history is notable for its honesty and its synoptic success in comparing and contrasting three disparate civilizations, albeit each of them Catholic, with three similar and differing approaches to expansion in the New World.
- Preface p. ix
- Prologue: Garðar 1126: Bishop Eric Gnupson arrives in Greenland as Scandinavians advance Christianity across the North Atlantic p. 1
- Part 1 Las Floridas
- 1 Santo Domingo 1511: Resistance grows against the genocide and enslavement of indigenous peoples p. 21
- 2 Quivira 1527: Dreams of empire mingle with evangelical ambition p. 44
- 3 Saint Augustine 1565: Evangelization falters amid violence, slavery, and revolt p. 68
- 4 Apalachee 1595: Friars and soldiers hold the Florida frontier p. 93
- Part 2 The Spanish Borderlands
- 5 Ácoma 1599: New Mexico, anchor kingdom of the Borderlands, begins with a massacre p. 115
- 6 San Fernando de Béxar 1718: Texas is organized as a buffer province p. 142
- 7 Loreto 1767: The Society of Jesus gains and loses its Pacific domain p. 173
- Part 3 Las Californias
- 8 San Bias 1768: New Spain launches an entrada into Alta California p. 203
- 9 The Bay of San Francisco 1776: New Spain secures a strategic harbor on the Pacific coast p. 226
- 10 Santa Barbara 1842: Secularization brings a bishop to the Califomias p. 247
- Part 4 New France
- 11 Port-Royal 1606: Humanism inspires the foundation of New France p. 279
- 12 Quebec 1615: The Counter-Reformation and Catholic Revival take hold in New France p. 299
- 13 Ville-Marie (Montreal) 1642: Divots found a city on the far frontier p. 321
- 14 Saint-Ignace 1649: Iroquois destroy Huronia and threaten the survival of New France p. 342
- 15 The Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres 1658: The secret consecration of a vicar apostolic for Quebec brings Roman Catholicism to new maturity p. 364
- 16 New Orleans 1722: A Jesuit savant reconnoiters French North America p. 397
- 17 Natchez 1729: The Mississippi valley and Louisiana are explored and evangelized p. 430
- Part 5 British North America
- 18 The River Boyne 1689: A king and a peer lose their colonies p. 463
- 19 Annapolis 1704: Catholic settlement spreads through the Chesapeake region p. 500
- 20 London 1763: Catholic Maryland seeks education abroad while Philadelphia prefigures an American Catholic future p. 526
- Envoy: John Carroll, returns to Maryland p. 551
- Acknowledgments p. 557
- Notes p. 559
- Essay on Sources p. 567
- Index p. 607
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- San Francisco : Ignatius Press, 
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- xii, 639 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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