Regional Conflict and Demographic Patterns on the Jesuit Missions among the Guaraní in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries


In the 17th and 18th centuries Spain and Portugal contested control of the disputed Rio de la Plata borderlands. The Jesuit missions among the Guarani played an important role in regional conflict through the provision of manpower for campaigns and supplies. However, regional conflict and particularly the mobilization of the mission militia and the movement of soldiers on campaign had demographic consequences for the populations of the missions such as the spread of contagion. This study documents regional conflict in the Rio de la Plata, the militarization of the Jesuit missions, and the demographic consequences of conflict for the mission populations.

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Robert H. Jackson received his doctorate in 1988 from the University of California, Berkeley, with a specialization in Latin American history. He has authored, co-authored, and edited 20 other books and numerous articles and book on subjects related to his research interests. He lives in Mexico City.
General Series Editor’s Preface
George Bryan Souza
List of Figures, Illustrations, Tables and Maps


2Profile of a Demographic Crisis: 1733–1740

3Regional Conflict and the Militarization of the Jesuit Missions

4Demographic Patterns on the Missions


Appendix 1: The Population and Vital Rates of the Guaraní Missions discussed in Chapter 4
Selected Bibliography
The target audience for this study is specialists in Latin American history (particularly colonial), Native American Studies, and historical demography.