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Ground sprinkled with blood and sweat: the jesuit cartography of the Region of Plata (1732-1774)

Grant number: 10/03917-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2010
Effective date (End): January 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Modern and Contemporary History
Principal Investigator:Iris Kantor
Grantee:Newton da Rocha Xavier
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The cartography developed in the colleges and Jesuitic missions was fundamental for the occupation and mapping of the South American territory. It was a political instrument for the affirmation of power and diffusion of the Society of Jesus in Europe and also for the creation an institutional identity as it supported its action since its arrival in the Mission until the Suppression, in the 18th century. It was in the crisis before the expulsion of the company from the Spanish domains, in 1767, and even after this, that the Inacian knowledge of cartography figured as an important argument in the discussions about the legitimacy of the Order in the New World. (AU)

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XAVIER, Newton da Rocha. In the soil watered with blood and sweat: the maps of the Jesuit Province of Paraguay (eighteenth century). 2012. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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