By Carla Gardina Pestana
The imperial growth of Europe around the globe used to be probably the most major occasions to form the trendy international. one of many results of this cataclysmic move of individuals and associations used to be the intermixture of cultures within the colonies that Europeans created. Protestant Empire is the 1st finished survey of the dramatic conflict of peoples and ideology that emerged within the different spiritual international of the British Atlantic, together with England, Scotland, eire, elements of North and South the USA, the Caribbean, and Africa. starting with the position faith performed within the lives of believers in West Africa, japanese North the USA, and western Europe round 1500, Carla Gardina Pestana exhibits how the Protestant Reformation helped to gasoline colonial growth as sour rivalries caused a fierce festival for souls.
The English—who have been latecomers to the competition for colonies within the Atlantic—joined the contest good armed with a newly formulated and heartfelt anti-Catholicism. regardless of formally selling non secular homogeneity, the English came upon it most unlikely to avoid the conflicts of their native land from infecting their new colonies. range got here early and grew inexorably, as English, Scottish, and Irish Catholics and Protestants faced each other in addition to local americans, West Africans, and an expanding number of different Europeans. Pestana tells an unique and compelling tale in their interactions as they clung to their previous faiths, discovered of unexpected religions, and solid new ones. In an account that levels largely throughout the Atlantic basin and throughout centuries, this ebook finds the production of a classy, contested, and heavily intertwined international of believers of many traditions.