Effects Of The Evangelization Practices On Indigenous People Of The New World

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Throughout the 16th century, the Spaniards established the foundation of colonial society as they ventured throughout the New World. These efforts were not free of conflict and tensions. The Spanish imposed specific customs and practices on indigenous groups. In areas such as Mexico and Peru, indigenous people had to adapt to these Spanish ideas and values, including religious beliefs, sometimes voluntarily, however, most of the time it was forced upon the natives. Religion and evangelization practices had the most profound effects on the indigenous natives of the New World. This paper will analyze and discuss the effects of the evangelization practices of the indigenous people of the New World and the problems it erupted.
In 1493, a year after Christopher Columbus arrived in Hispaniola, Pope Alexander VI’s bull, gave Spain the “Islands and firm land” located in the “western part of the ocean sea toward the Indies” (Vergara Lecture, 9/12). In 1494, The Treaty of Tordesillas, set a limit and boundary between Spain and Portugal located “370 leagues west of the Cape Verde Islands.” Much of the land was unknown or unexplored (terra incognita). However, in the following decades, the Spanish and Portuguese would continue exploring and discovering new territories and people. In his bull, Pope Alexander VI emphasized Spain’s obligation to spread the Catholic religion in America and converting indigenous people to “save their souls”. As this suggests, the conquest of new territory…

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