Lead: Following the Spanish invasion and conquest, the Roman Catholic Order, the Society of Jesus or Jesuits, were a powerful and sometimes intrusive force for education and evangelism in Mexico.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the mid 1520s, following the Spanish Conquest, Catholic religious orders, Franciscans, Dominicans and Augustinians, began arriving in the Americas as part of a vast missionary movement. Their purpose: the conversion of indigenous peoples to Roman Catholicism. The Spanish Crown justified the Conquest in part by insisting that the occupation of the Americas would expose and convert the native population to Christianity. The Jesuits were among the last to arrive. Their order was not founded by Ignatius Loyola until 1534 nor did the Order receive Papal blessing until 1540.

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