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Building Colonial Cities of GodMendicant Orders and Urban Culture in New Spain$
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Karen Melvin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774864

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774864.001.0001

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Ordering Cities

Ordering Cities

Urban Convents and Friars, 1570–1808

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(p.23) Chapter One Ordering Cities
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Building Colonial Cities of God
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774864.003.0002

This chapter examines the changing status of mendicant orders in New Spain between the late sixteenth and the end of the eighteenth century, focusing on their institutional presence in cities. It investigates how the orders became almost exclusively urban communities by the late eighteenth century and analyzes their urbanization based on foundations of convents and numbers of friars. This chapter also discusses the challenges and difficulties experienced by the orders from states-sponsored reforms that sought to convert orders into what the crown thought they should be.

Keywords:   mendicant orders, New Spain, institutional friars, urban communities, convents, friars, state-sponsored reforms

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