Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Ignatius of Loyola 2: In 1493

In 1493, Christopher Columbus left Spain with 17 ships, bound again for the Caribbean to establish settlements there.  Ignatius of Loyola was not quite two years old, but one of his older brothers was on the voyage.

When I was in college I read some of the contemporary accounts of the colonization attempts.  It was not gentle reading.

"Inspiration of Christopher Columbus" by Jose Maria Obregon, 1856. From Wikimedia Commons.

1 comment:

  1. Michelle, I spent my junior year back in Colombia, attending a university in Bogotá. The very best course I took all year was a survey course on Latin American Literature called "Civilización y Barbarie" that intended to make us reconsider who the civilized folks were and who were the barbarians. Early in the course we read the journals of Columbus, Cortés, Fray Bartolomé de las Casas and several others along with poetry and major writings of the Inca, Aztec and Mayan cultures. It was a stunning lesson in contrasts for me. Especially the Aztec poetry is gorgeous--reminiscent of japanese poetry, in fact. If you read Spanish and would like copies of at least a few of the poems, let me know. I will gladly share.