Misiones en Chile austral: Los Jesuitas en Chiloé, 1608 – 1768 is a detailed account of the missionary work performed by the Jesuits in the Chilean archipelago of Chiloé. According to Rodrigo Moreno Jeria, from the early seventeenth century until the expulsion of the Jesuits, the mission of Chiloé was a success that merits greater attention than it has hitherto received. Fathers acted here with a great deal of pragmatism and did not attempt to organize the Indians into the traditional reducciones. Instead, the Jesuits respected the fact that settlements were scattered in the main island and in the other smaller islands around it, and evangelization was performed by going from one native settlement to the next, according to a strict liturgical calendar. (Environmental factors and the availability of food, mainly seafood, determined the pattern of settlement.) Notwithstanding that rotation was the key to success, many pages of the...

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