Expulsion of the Jesuits 1767

King Carlos III of Spain expelled the Jesuits from North and South America with a decree on January 29, 1767. Carlos believed that the Jesuits were too close to the Spanish Inquisition.  The Spanish Jesuits built missions in Arizona and Baja California, beginning in the late 17th century.  This expulsion opened the way for the Franciscans, led by the controversial Junípero Serra. Serra initiated the establishment the iconic series of missions that still stand in the state of California.  (Image by Tomás Castelazo)
El rey Carlos III de España expulsó a los jesuitas de América del Norte y del Sur. Carlos cree que los jesuitas estaban demasiado cerca de la Inquisición española. Los jesuitas españoles construyeron misiones en Arizona y Baja California, a partir de fines del siglo 17. Esta expulsión se abrió el camino para que los franciscanos, encabezados por el controvertido Junípero Serra, para establecer una serie de misiones que aún se mantienen en el estado de California. (Imagen por Tomás Castelazo)

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