Franciscan Missions To The Maya

The Franciscan Missions to the Maya were the attempts of the Franciscans to Christianize the indigenous peoples of the New World, specifically the Maya. They began to take place soon after the discovery of the New World made by Christopher Columbus in 1492, which opened the door for Catholic missions. As early as 1519 there are records of Franciscan activity in the Americas, and throughout the early 16th century the mission movement spreads from the original contact point in the Caribbean to include Mexico, Central America, parts of South America, and the Southwestern United States.

The goal of the missions was to spread the Christian faith to the "uncivilized" people of the New World through "word and example", but also, though not explicitly stated, oppression and castigation, specifically self-flagellation, also known as mortification of the flesh. Their attempts, however, resulted in much violence.

Read more about Franciscan Missions To The Maya:  Purpose, Methods in Yucatan, Word and Example, Education of Youth, Physical Punishment, Cochua and Chetumal, Valladolid, Killings of Friars, Success

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