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Columbus's Outpost among the TainosSpain and America at La Isabela, 1493-1498$
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Kathleen Deagan and Jose Maria Cruxent

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300090406

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300090406.001.0001

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God and Glory

God and Glory

(p.163) Chapter 8 God and Glory
Columbus's Outpost among the Tainos

Kathleen Deagan

José María Cruxent

Yale University Press

This chapter underscores Columbus's religious side, which must have influenced the role of religious activity at La Isabela. In fact, the events at La Isabela were conditioned by the inextricably connected concerns of religion, defense, and personal honor. Archaeological and architectural evidence suggests, for example, that the church was one of the first and most hastily constructed public buildings in the town, probably owing to the perceived urgency of having a sanctuary in which to hold Mass. Nearly all of La Isabela's chroniclers made note of the first Mass in America, but little is mentioned after that about religious observances in the town. Presumably the daily, weekly, and annual rounds of Catholic Mass, Holy Communion, confession, and prayers were maintained, at least initially.

Keywords:   religious side, religion, defense, personal honor, church, sanctuary, religious observances, Catholic Mass, Holy Communion, confession

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