The Spanish Christianization / Evangelization Of Indigenous Natives Of The New World

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The Spanish Christianization/Evangelization of Indigenous Natives of the New World 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 established specific customs and practices that the indigenous groups had to follow and practice. Indigenous natives from colonized areas such as Mexico and Peru had to adapt to these Spanish customs 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 religious institutions and the evangelization practices on the indigenous people of the New World and the problems it created. 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, Date). In 1494, The Treaty of Tordesillas, set a limit and boundary between Spain and Portugal located “370 leagues west of Cape Verde Islands.” Much of the land was unknown or unexplored (terra incognita). However, the Spanish and Portuguese would explore and discover great indigenous groups of people in the “New World”. Pope Alexander VI put a huge emphasizes in trying to spread the Catholic religion and converting…

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