In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Brandon Bayne, an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and author of the book Missions Begin with Blood: Suffering and Salvation in the Borderlands of New Spain (Fordham, 2021) joins host Liz Covart to investigate the work of Spanish missionaries and why this missionary work was carried out by just a few religious orders, namely the Franciscans and Jesuits.
During the episode, Brandon reveals information about New Spain, its borderlands. and the ways in which Spanish and Indigenous peoples interacted within those borderlands; The work of Catholic missionaries and Spain’s use of missionaries as instruments of colonization; And, details about the Jesuits, their work in New Spain, and why the Spanish Crown ultimately expelled the Jesuits from New Spain in 1767.
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Ben Franklin’s World is an award-winning podcast. It’s for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our world. Each episode features an interview with a historian who shares their unique insights into our early American past. It is a production of the Omohundro Institute.
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