Publication Date

July 2012


An abbreviated version of this paper was presented at the X Conference of the Iberoamerican Society on the History of Latin American Education, held in Salamanca, Spain in July 2012. The paper discusses the efforts of the Society of Jesus and the City Council of Salvador, the capital of the northeastern state of Bahia, to elevate the status of the College of Bahia to that of a university. It discusses the nature and the evolution of the studies of the College, noting the addition of advanced courses of study in philosophy and theology to the traditional study of the humanities. It also discusses the unsuccessful attempts by the Jesuits and the Brazilian elite of Bahia to obtain official recognition by the Portuguese authorities that the College had evolved into a functioning university.