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Destiny's LandfallA History of Guam, Revised Edition$
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Robert F. Rogers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833343

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833343.001.0001

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The Spanish Conquest 1672–1698

The Spanish Conquest 1672–1698

(p.54) Chapter 4 The Spanish Conquest 1672–1698
Destiny's Landfall

Robert F. Rogers

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the conflict that emerged soon after San Vitores’ martyrdom. Guam’s history might have been quite different if Father San Vitores had been an ordinary missionary whose martyrdom would have been duly celebrated but eventually forgotten among the thousands of other martyrs in the Catholic Church’s long history. However, he was not ordinary. He was a member of the church’s most militant order and the son of a high official in the Spanish government. Furthermore, Christianity had been challenged, and the Spaniards considered it a point of honor to defend the faith. For these reasons, the Spaniards reacted with force to retrieve a failing religious effort, particularly one in which their queen had a personal commitment.

Keywords:   Diego Luis de San Vitores, San Vitores, Spanish conquest, Christianity, Joseph de Quiroga, Spanish rule

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