The Jesuit Missions in New France: agents of God who doubled as Agents of French Imperialism It is tempting to argue that the Jesuit Missions in New France were in eager pursuit of imperial conquest and that they were far less concerned about spreading the word of God; after all, that does appear to be the conventional view. However, it must be said that many Jesuits were deeply motivated to spread the word of God; it just so happened, alas, that spreading the word of God and French imperialism were often one and the same. In the final analysis, the French Jesuits were sincere agents of God who, nonetheless, were imperialist agents; they existed to advance the consolidation of New France into French hands. This paper will note how economic...The end:
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