‘The Best Thus Far Discovered’: The Japanese in the Letters of Francisco Xavier.

  title={‘The Best Thus Far Discovered’: The Japanese in the Letters of Francisco Xavier.},
  author={Robert Richmond Ellis},
  journal={Hispanic Review},
  • R. Ellis
  • Published 21 January 2003
  • History
  • Hispanic Review
On August 15, 1549, Francisco Xavier, along with two other Spanish Jesuits, three Japanese converts, and two servants, arrived in the harbor of Kagoshima on the Japanese island of Kyushu. Thus, he launched a brief period of missionary activity that climaxed in 1597 with the crucifixion of six Spanish Franciscans and twenty Japanese Christians, and ended in the early seventeenth century with the expulsion of all foreign missionaries and the closure of Japan to the West. Xavier, revered in… 

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