Science & Culture

  • In 1519, with the arrival of Hernán Cortés, Mesoamerica began to be integrated into the Spanish empire. Accompanying the conquistadores were Catholic religious orders, beginning with the Franciscans and continuing with the Dominicans, Augustinians, Mercedarians, and Jesuits. The Franciscan-Amerindian Diaglogs (FAD) project studies the interactions between the Mesoamerican Amerindians and the Catholic religious orders originating in Europe.