The Arrival of the Jesuits and the Subsequent Role of Religion in New France The ensuing several pages shall look at the role of religion in New France – a significant area of study for anyone intrigued by the forces that shaped this colonial society and animated the relationships between various people. The specific event is, really, the arrival of the Jesuits upon Canadian soil in the early part of the seventeenth century and how they set about creating a world that was dominated by the Church, by the Church’s missionary zeal, and by ecclesiastical institutions that plainly vied with the civil power for control over all matters in the new colony. This paper will take especial note of how older historians have tended to depict the church...The end:
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