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Title:Sources on early Sierra Leone: (16) Jesuit views on a college in Africa 1609
Author:Hair, P.E.H.ISNI
Periodical:Africana Research Bulletin
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:historical sources
educational history
Abstract:This paper shows that the issue of whether African students are mord suitably trained in Africa or in Europe (or America) emerged, not in the 1860s, but two-and-a-half centuries earlier. In the early seventeenth century. In the seventeenth century the state admitted to mord responsibility for religious education than in the early nineteenth century. Hence King Philip II of Portugal (who was also Philip III of Spain) planned to fund, by royal decree, a seminary for African students. The document here translated - 'Relevant points to report to Bis Majesty concerning the foundation of the seminary for the Blacks of Cape Verde which he is ordering to be established in the city of Coimbra' -argued that it should not be in Portugal but in Africa. This view was supported by Father Barreira in a letter of March 1607 written from Sierra Leone to a powerful Jesuit acquaintance at Rome. Writing to his superior in Portugal a few days later, Barreira repeated his view that the seminary should be in Guinea. In this letter Barreira related the proposed seminary college to the intended Portuguese settelement of Sierra Leone. The document presented here probably was written in support of a proposal to establish a Jesuit, seminary in Sierra Leone Notes.