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- Introduction: Borderlands, A Working Definition
- Patterns of Food Security in the Pre-Hispanic Americas
- Crafting Landscapes in the Iberian Borderlands of the Americas
- Fluctuating Frontiers in the Borderlands of Mesoamerica
- Population and Epidemics North of Zacatecas
- “Indian Friends and Allies” in the Spanish Imperial Borderlands of North America
- The Indian Garrison Colonies of New Spain and Central America
- Inter-Ethnic War in Sonora: Indigenous Captains General and Cultural Change, 1740–1832
- Native Informants and the Limits of Portuguese Dominion in Late-Colonial Brazil
- Borderlands of Knowledge in the <i>Estado da Índia</i> (Sixteenth–Eighteenth Centuries)
- Tierra Incognita: Cartography and Projects of Territorial Expansion in Sonora and Arizona, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
- The Virgin of El Zape and Jesuit Missions in Nueva Vizcaya
- Franciscan Mysticism on the Northern Frontier of New Spain
- Musical Cultures of the Ibero-American Borderlands
- Frontier Missions in South America: Impositions, Adaptations, and Appropriations
- Trans-Imperial Interaction and the Rio de la Plata as an Atlantic Borderland
- The Construction of a Frontier Space: Inter-Ethnic Relations in Northern Bolivia
- The Spanish Empire’s Southernmost Frontiers: From Arauco to the Strait of Magellan
- Shaping an Inter-Imperial Exchange Zone: Smugglers, Runaway Slaves, and Itinerant Priests in the Southern Caribbean
- The Pacific Borderlands of the Spanish Empire
- Converting the Pacific: Jesuit Networks Between New Spain and Asia
- Indigenous Diaspora, Bondage, and Freedom in Colonial Cuba
- Impact on the Spanish Empire of the Russian Incursion into the North Pacific, 1741–1821
Abstract and Keywords
Starting with an analysis of an imagined “mystic frontier,” this chapter analyzes various cases of mysticism in Spain and the Americas in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that form part of the frontier imaginary and represent the transformation of spaces into social landscapes. This chapter posits that female mystics were a definitive factor in the attempts to renovate the Franciscan missionary frontier in northern New Spain. The dream of converting infidels and the symbolic territoriality of the “cross” could be used to consolidate missionary power in areas defined as frontiers because of their proximity to nomadic Indians. In particular, this chapter will analyze the case of the Spanish nun María de Jesús de Agreda (Spain, 1602) along with Francisca de los Ángeles, a lay sister of the Third Order of Franciscans who had the protection of the Colegio de la Santa Cruz de Querétaro and fray Antonio Margil de Jesús.
Cecilia Sheridan Prieto, Senior Researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Northeast Region, Mexico received her doctorate in history from the Colegio de México. Her research focus is on colonization and indigenous territorialities in the northeast of New Spain. She has published numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes as well as two books: Anónimos y desterrados. La contienda por el “sitio que llaman de Quauyla” (2000), and Fronterización del espacio hacia el norte de la Nueva España (2015). She is a member of the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias and the Mexican Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. In 2016 she received the Premio Atanasio G. Sarabia, granted by the Fundación Cultural Banamex for the best professional research on regional history.
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