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Julie Gilbert HIST250, Section 0101 Reading Response 9 November 3, 2008 It seems at first, when reading the works of those such as Castillo, that the Spaniard’s true goal was to spread Christianity to the barbaric native peoples of the Americas. It was portrayed the Spanish people tried very hard to convert these natives, but were met with savage protest. This is why Cortes deemed it necessary to have Franciscan friars sent to New Spain to aid with conversion. It was not the fault of the Spaniards that conversion was not easy, they made it seem that the fault rested with the insolent natives. However, Mendieta and Arriaga’s writings both reflect that the fault lay not with the natives, but with the Spaniards themselves. Mendieta portrays the friars as true spreaders of Christian doctrine, and the Spanish living in New Spain were “greatly indebted to the religious of the Order of San Francisco” because the “incredible
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