As portrayed by Manuel Hernández González, clergy from the Canary Islands flouted royal prohibitions in order to emigrate to Spanish American lands, where their lives diverged as complexly as the colonial church itself.

This work has a distinctly antiquarian feel; the author has laboriously assembled a fine collection of Canary Islanders from the historical record and neatly arranged these specimens by category. The first half of the book examines the Canary Islands to show the social, economic, and religious rationale for why so many native sons emigrated. This is drawn primarily from sources like notaries, order archives, and legal cases lodged with mainland authorities. The second half summarizes the biographies of Canary Islanders living in discrete areas of Spanish America. This information comes mostly from published histories of religious orders. However, very little in the way of historical analysis or claims of...

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