Saving Souls, Enslaving Bodies: The Jesuits & African Slavery in Colonial Peru, 1580-1650.

Pickard, Duncan Mayher.


  • This paper explores the Jesuits' African slave trade network between the port at Cartagena, Colombia, and the dozen sugar and wine plantations in coastal Peru, and the Jesuits' system of control over the African slaves on their plantations. I argue that Jesuits, while certainly not blameless in the cruelty of the slave trade, made space for black slaves in the Church in a way that sheltered tradit... read more
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