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Religious Intolerance in AmericaA Documentary History$
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John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833896

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895955_corrigan

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Intolerance toward Native American Religions

Intolerance toward Native American Religions

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(p.125) Chapter Five Intolerance toward Native American Religions
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Religious Intolerance in America
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John Corrigan

Lynn S. Neal

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807895955_corrigan.9

This chapter shows how Europeans organized their thinking about indigenous peoples whom they encountered in the Americas and on other continents according to themes and categories drawn from their religious ideologies. The European experience of the Americas was one of enchantment. The New World was a place of wonders. Europeans discovered sublime landscapes, amazing populations of game, extraordinary creatures and plants, mysterious people, and wilderness that was both inviting and terrifying. Explorers and their parties of soldiers, missionaries, and colonists oriented themselves to the Americas and their indigenous peoples by drawing upon biblical images and stories. Adventurers scoured the Americas for the Garden of Eden and expected to discover it, as they anticipated finding the Fountain of Youth, whose curative waters were presumed to flow in some secret place deep within the lush jungle.

Keywords:   Europeans, indigenous peoples, religious ideologies, European experience, New World

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