oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Archaeology under the bell: The mission as situated history in seventeenth century New Mexico



The frontier mission, or doctrina, has long been cast as the seminal institution of the Spanish colonial state. Missions were the single most important location of colonial and indigenous contact and the context in which colonialism as an historical process was situated. Drawing on material from seventeenth century New Mexico mission settings, this paper examines the social and historical production of the mission as a place.


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