Christian Conversion in Mexico and Brazil Research Paper by supercalifragilistic

Christian Conversion in Mexico and Brazil
A description of the Spanish and Portuguese attempts to convert native peoples to Christianity during their conquests of Brazil and Mexico.
# 96222 | 2,274 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper examines the impact of Spanish and Portuguese colonization on Mesoamerican culture, with an emphasis on conversion of indigenous peoples to Christianity. The author describes the native religion and lifestyle prior to the Europeans' arrival, and the subsequent results of conversion to Christianity, both positive and negative. Also described is the treatment toward the native peoples by the Europeans. The paper is divided into two sections, one describing the Spanish invasion and the other the Portuguese conquest of Brazil. The author concludes that the effort by Portuguese Christians to convert native Brazilians - by force or otherwise - to Christianity was far less successful than tactics used by Spaniards in Mexico.

Literature Review
The arrival of the Spaniards into Mesoamerican Mexico
Things did not go well for the Spaniards in 1680s and 1690s
Jesuit priest Father Tomas Miranda raged at the cruel treatment of the Seri
Portugal and the Colonization of Brazil
Works Cited

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Deeds, Susan M. Defiance and Deference in Mexico's Colonial North: Indians Under Spanish Rule in Nueva Vizcaya. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003
  • Interknowledge Corporation. "Brazil: History." (2005). Retrieved 23 Nov. 2006 from
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  • Sheridan, Thomas E. Empire of Sand: the Seri Indians and the Struggle for Spanish Sonora, 1645-1803. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1999.
  • Vainfas, Ronaldo. "From Indian Millenarianism to a Tropical Witches' Sabbath: Brazilian Sanctities in Jesuit Writings and Inquisitorial Sources." Bulletin of Latin American Research. 24.2 (2005): 215-231.

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