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To Fill the Granaries of Heaven

Michael F. Brown and Eduardo Fernandez

in War of Shadows

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780520074354
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520074354.003.0004
To Fill the Granaries of Heaven

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Juan Vélez guided two Jesuit priests, Juan Font and Nicolás Mastrillo, to a settlement of jungle Indians east of the highland village of Andamarca. They assured the Indians of their good intentions, until they won over their hosts with the humblest of gestures. Like most sixteenth- and seventeenth-century explorers, Font found it difficult to identify the native groups he encountered on his travels. Establishing the identity and scale of native groups has always been a problem for colonial powers. Christian Spain was a military power afflicted with an unhealthy economy. The Asháninka population seemed large to the Spanish. After putting down the rebellion of Ignacio Torote, the Franciscans had reason to hope for a period of peace in which they could win Indian souls. The Spanish authorities are convinced that a serious threat to their tenuous control had arisen in the Pajonál.

Keywords: Juan Vélez; Asháninka; Juan Font; Nicolás Mastrillo; colonial powers; military power; rebellion; Spanish authorities

Chapter.  6179 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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