Urban Convents and Friars, 1570–1808
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.
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