Mission questions-final

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Dr. Hooper His 106 3/5/2007 COLONICALIZATION—ITS CAUSES & EFFECTS Introduction: The brutal subjugation of South American Indian tribes by 18 century colonial empires, especially Spain and Portugal, is retold in a true story “The Mission—a powerful action film that covers the history of the Catholic Church’s hand in this brutal event and the Waunana Indians’ fight to protect their sovereignty from foreign domination.” The premise of the movie: The historical events portrayed in this account actually happened, probably not exactly the way shown, but something very close to it. The movie simply depicts a harrowing story about political realities vs. all that’s best in human nature, reflected in the 400 years of political conquest and dominance by man’s in his effort to subjugate others. The question is why? Instructions: In viwing the film, keep in mind can thi meso-American tribe’s experience is the same as that of North American Indians. After first contact with European explorers and settlers. This is an analytical exercise. You are to write a reaction to events depicted in the movie. You are to take notes, then write an essay on each of the topics listed in the chronology. Of important to the competitive factions consisting of The Church in Rome Spain Portugal The order of the Franciscan Priests The Indian Tribes The Chronology: 1. The letter to the Pope: What was it about?
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The letter to the pope was written by the visiting Cardinal, to accurately retell the events that had taken place. The conflict between Spain, Portugal, the natives, and the Jesuit order over the territory dispute was reaching a high, and a resolution was needed. Seeing as the pope was the spiritual leader, if not the actual leader, of Spain, Portugal, and The Jesuit order, it was decided that the Pope would make a decision over the territory claims. The letter itself addressed that issue, but also addressed the larger issue at hand. Spain and Portugal were two of the most powerful Catholic states in Europe at that time, and due to the losses inflicted by the Reformation, the Catholic Church could not afford a war between the two, or worse, a renouncing of the Church by either one. Therefore, the Church needed to decide an outcome beneficial to both Spain and Portugal. 2. The priest tied to the cross and sent over the falls. The natives rejected the first priest, why. One can’t be entirely sure. But most likely it had to do with the methods of practice the priest was employing. Possibly the priest was preaching the word of God, and coming off all high and mighty, telling the natives that they were ‘heathens’ and ‘god-less.’ This tactic while it might have worked in Europe where fear of God was something to live by, the natives rejected this notion and thus rejected the priest. They tied him to the cross, to symbolize the martyrdom of Christ, and sent him away from their land down the river and over the falls.
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