Jesuit Maps

Geohistory is the study of a double relation, of nature to man and of man to nature, the study of action and reaction, mixed, confused, repeated endlessly in the reality of each day.
It is indeed the quality, the power of this effort that forces us to reverse the usual approach of the Geographer.

Fernand Braudel, “Géohistoire: la société, l’espace et le temps

This quote by Fernand Braudel (founding father of contemporary géohistoire) finds a new expression in digital humanities thanks to outcomes of GIS software.

The Jesuit Maps project aims to make interactive maps available using research in the field of Jesuit Studies conducted by international scholars, IAJS’ in-residence fellows, and Boston College students. These interactive maps will enrich the experience of the Portal’s users by providing them with new digital tools through which they can access the history of the Jesuits and the world of Jesuit studies.

Jesuit Maps is the result of a collaboration between IAJS and the Collaborative Digital Projects Lab (CDPL) of Boston College Digital Humanities Projects and is part of the “World Description and Travel” project edited by Dr. Bee Lehman.


Giulio Mancinelli, a Jesuit in the Ottoman Empire

Mancinelli joined the Society of Jesus in 1558, in Loreto, and subsequently, he started his missionary activity in Italy. However, in 1575 pope Gregory XIII sent him to the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik), while in 1583 he appointed Mancinelli to establish the first Jesuit mission in Constantinople, which lasted for about three years. – Silvia Notarfonso

Our Indies: Italian Missions during the Suppression of the Society of Jesus (1773 – 1814)

During the Suppression of the Society of Jesus some ex Jesuits, following the directions of José Pignatelli, preached missions in cities and countryside throughout the Italian peninsula. The interactive map shows the itinerary and describes each missions. – Emanuele Colombo

Neapolitan Jesuits in New Mexico and Colorado (1867–1919)

Discover the hardships of the journey from Europe to the South West suffered by the displaced Jesuits of the Neapolitan province in the second half of the 19th century, and explore the full extent of the mission in New Mexico and Colorado through the interactive map. – Claudio Ferlan


Atlas SJ 2.0

Discover on the interactive map the organization and development of the assistancies and provinces of the Society of Jesus from its origins until the end of the 19th century, by exploring the Atlas Geographicus Societatis Iesu (1900) by P. Ludwig Carrez SJ.

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