Race and Religion on the Periphery

Daniel Murphree

in Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149180
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835386 | DOI:
Race and Religion on the Periphery

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This chapter evaluates the process by which Spanish missionaries racialized Native Americans in the colonial Floridas between 1566 and 1763. During this period, Europeans involved in Christianizing natives expanded an idiom of description initiated by earlier Spanish explorers in reaction to ongoing failures relating to conquest and settlement. Missionaries and other colonists used these descriptions to fashion a unique European Floridian identity in the region premised on distinction from indigenous peoples. The related processes of racialization and identity formation influenced intercultural relationships in the region into the modern era.

Keywords: Spanish; Catholic; missionaries; Florida; colonial; Christianizing; conquest; settlement; colonists; identity; indigenous peoples; racialization; intercultural

Chapter.  11010 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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