Explain the Relationship of the Illustrations in Dorothy Tranck de Estrada’s Article, “Indian Children in Early Mexico” to Her Thesis.

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Explain the relationship of the illustrations in Dorothy Tranck de Estrada’s article, “Indian Children in Early Mexico” to her thesis.
In Dorothy Tranck de Estrada’s article “Indian Children in Early Mexico” she argues the ideas about childhood which reflected the development of a new culture. This new culture melded Indian and European cultures together and used education towards the emotion of love not fear. Teachers were seen as symbolic which many of the illustrations have shown. The illustrations in this article relate to the thesis because they show the constant change in culture and the influence teachers had on their students. Early practices that evolved and affected later practices of childhood show how “it is necessary to
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He was a successful missionary and convinced the Aztec king to include teachings of religion by the Franciscans. The Aztec king “recommended converting the children of the Aztec nobility to provide examples for the rest of the population” [p.19]. Here we see where Dorothy Tranck de Estrada’s thesis proves that education was used for love of the children. She included that children were the instrument for spreading and keeping Christianity in cultures.
In 1770 the role of the church was diminished greatly from teaching to Indian students [p.24]. The illustration on page 25 represents the new cover of the catechism that was translated into “Nahuatl”. This illustration resembles importance because it shows the drastic change in the Indian children’s education. Their supervision was the under the role of the civil government who weren’t letting religion be a part of their everyday lives anymore. This cover of the catechism is extremely different than the one we see with Saint Francis Xavier on it because it displays more compassion for the children. This drawing resembles the authority over children and the power the government took from the lives of the Indians. It changed when in 1696 Indians were able to ordain and enter all religious orders and be eligible to occupy governmental positions [25]. This was a huge change in their culture which set in stone for centuries after.
The illustration on

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