Spanish Bourbons and Wild Indians
These essays chronicle the Spanish Empire's enlightened policies toward the Indians of the Americas in the late eighteenth century. In Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment, Weber begins by noting that Indians independently controlled most of the area that Spain claimed to own toward the end of the colonial era. Spaniards, acutely aware that they lived in the Age of Reason and not the Age of Conquest, came to accommodations with some of these savages or wild Indians, whom they could neither defeat nor convert. of Reason, Weber focuses on the Spanish missionary enterprise. Weber demonstrates that Spain's idea of an ideal mission changed between the Habsburg and Bourbon eras and, more importantly, local circumstances and local people, including Indians, determined how a mission would measure up to the Crown's ideal.
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