The Economic Role of the Convent in Colonial Latin America Research Paper by BeccaFran2

The Economic Role of the Convent in Colonial Latin America
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This is a detailed and extensive paper outlining the importance of convents in the economy of colonial Latin America.

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"The convent of La Concepcion, the first in Mexico City, was established in 1540, less than twenty years after Cortes' conquest of the Aztecs. In fact, ten nunneries were established in New Spain during the sixteenth century. This is a surprising statistic to many present-day Americans, considering both the marginalized role of nuns in the United States today, and the slow progress of North American colonialism. However, convents in Latin America during the colonial period served many roles other than simply that of a home for religious women which made their presence in the colonies desirable even despite initial shortages of Spanish women. Nunneries acted as orphanages, women's shelters, banks, landlords, and employers as well as fulfilling traditional religious roles. Although it is quite foreign to a modern conception of the convent, in Latin America nunneries reflected, supported, and to some extent made possible the greater society around them."

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The Economic Role of the Convent in Colonial Latin America (2003, February 16) Retrieved April 19, 2024, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/the-economic-role-of-the-convent-in-colonial-latin-america-2032/

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"The Economic Role of the Convent in Colonial Latin America" 16 February 2003. Web. 19 April. 2024. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/the-economic-role-of-the-convent-in-colonial-latin-america-2032/>

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