This book contributes to the history of the church in South America by addressing Bishop Manuel Antonio de la Torre’s action in the Río de la Plata area. The author, according to a preface by Pedro Borges Morán, takes part in a recent historiographical current that sets out “to focus history from the sociological point of view without forgetting the remaining aspects” of the historical reality, and claims to pay due attention to facts that anticipate an event (p. 7). Against the background of the Compañía de Jesús missionary action and its later suppression in Spanish dominions, Fernando Aguerre Core offers some new elements to the study of a subject that “seemed exhausted already” (p. 8).

Mainly basing his work on documentation from the Archivo General de Indias (Seville), Aguerre Core focuses on the reforms and conflicts that involved Bishop Manuel Antonio de la Torre during the last 20 years...

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