"Da ignorância e rusticidade": os indígenas e a Inquisição na América Portuguesa (séculos XVI-XIX)

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Abstract

This survey focuses on the interactions between the Inquisition and Indigenous
peoples in Portuguese America. Its main goal is to understand some of the assumptions that informed inquisitorial action concerning the thorny challenges posed by the inhabitants of the New World. It presents a broad and pioneering “Gentile cartography” that provides an overview of sixteenth- to eighteenth-century denunciations and judicial proceedings of the Holy Office that involved the Indigenous and their descendants. This study also analyses the way the Inquisition operated and how it often resorted to a civil and canonical legal culture that proposed a more benevolent treatment of populations considered “unprotected”, based on the adapted use of concepts such as “persona miserabilis” and “invincible ignorance”.
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationOs indígenas e as justiças no mundo ibero-americano (sécs.XVI-XIX)
EditorsÂngela Domingues, Maria Leônia Chaves de Resende, Pedro Cardim
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherCentro de História da Universidade de Lisboa / CHAM / Programa de Pós-Graduação em História / Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei
Pages87-126
Number of pages40
ISBN (Print)978-989-8068-25-5
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameAtlantica. Lisbon Historical Studies

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Resende, M. L. C. D. (2019). "Da ignorância e rusticidade": os indígenas e a Inquisição na América Portuguesa (séculos XVI-XIX). In Â. Domingues, M. L. C. D. Resende, & P. Cardim (Eds.), Os indígenas e as justiças no mundo ibero-americano (sécs.XVI-XIX) (pp. 87-126). (Atlantica. Lisbon Historical Studies). Lisboa: Centro de História da Universidade de Lisboa / CHAM / Programa de Pós-Graduação em História / Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei.