Lieutenant Nun Analysis

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Lieutenant Nun Analysis Mike Albrecht 09/11/12 History 162 Ms. Bravo The book “Lieutenant Nun” is interesting, almost unbelievable on how it plays out. The author proves that people had chances to start fresh or find other opportunities; whether it was traveling to another country or fleeing because of being wanted by the law. How she travels all around without being caught is beyond me. However, the book proves to show some historical facts and importance because it explains the Spanish expedition throughout South America, how men and women were treated differently within Spain laws, and the importance of religion to the Spaniards. In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas on a voyage sponsored by the Spanish crown, opening the door to colonization in the area. During the sixteenth century, Spain dedicated enormous amounts of money and manpower to exploration and colonization. The heart of the Spanish-American empire was called New Spain and was located in present-day Mexico. However, the Spanish also laid claim to much of South America, conquering the indigenous peoples and killing any who resisted Spanish rule (3). When de Erauso was four years old, her parents placed her in a Dominican convent. We know from other historical accounts that they did the same with three of her sisters and that consigning female children to become future nuns was a not uncommon way of displaying loyalty to the Catholic Church. At the age of fifteen, ran away from the convent, disguised herself as a man, and took a number of jobs as a page before she left for South America (2). During her time in the New World, de Erauso, still disguised as a man, served as a soldier in Peru and Chile, fighting for the Spanish cause. De Erauso came of age during Spain’s golden age and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. During this time, the role of women was

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