When we speak of the colonial period, particularly in Latin America, we often are talking about mendicant and Jesuit missionaries who played a leading role not only in the encounter itself but also in our recollection of and constitution of “colonial Latin America.” Jesuit missionaries produced thousands of reports and several hundred manuscripts and printed texts on native life and how it was affected by the European invasion of the Americas. Soldiers of God surveys, d in clear, jargonfree prose, the rather diverse Jesuit experience in various parts of the New World (including Florida, Mexico, Peru, the Great Lakes region, and Maryland). When we think of the Jesuits in the New World, we often think of the solitary missionary living among (and like) the Indians. Cushner tells the story of these priests but also reminds us that the Jesuits were busy as educators and pastors in the cities of colonial...

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