World Missions—Study Aids

Saints and Heroes Unit #9 — World Missions
covers the activities of the Church and religious missionaries in Spanish, Portuguese and French colonies in the Americas and in Asia during the 16th and 17th centuries.
[1500 to 1700 A.D.]

Information Pages

These pages summarize much of the material needed to study for the Persecution and Triumph review questions. Most are derived from Leading Events in Church History, Fr. Laux's Church History, and other public domain sources.

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World Missions in the Age of Discovery — Overview
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Spanish Missions in America: I (Mexico)
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Spanish Missions in America: II (Peru, New Granada)
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Portuguese Missions in Brazil and Asia
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Jesuit Missions in Japan and China
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French Missions in Canada
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Recommended Reading

The following histories and historical commentaries are helpful resources in preparing for the World Missions unit.

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Church History by Fr. John Laux (TAN books)
This church history is written for a college prep high school audience and assumes a basic knowledge of European history. Starting at the dawn of the Roman Empire and proceeding in to the 20th century, Fr. Laux presents the story of the Church is a masterful and readable manner appealing to older students as well as adults. The period of interest for the World Missions unit, covers 1500-1700 A.D., and corresponds to chapter IV from 'Section III, Period One.

Chapters of Interest:     Section III, First Period, Chapter IV pp 463-476
(6) Missions in the Wake fo the Discoveries in the Far East, (7) Missions and Missionaries in the New World.

Blood Drenched Altars by Fr. Francis Kelly (TAN books)
This Catholic commentary on Mexican history corrects a great many misconceptions and errors regarding the history of Mexico from the Conquest of the Aztecs to the Mexican Revolution. It shows how Catholic Spain during 300 years--1521-1821--formed Mexico and made her prosperous and happy, but how the great Masonic Revolution (1821-1928) has made her poor and miserable.

Chapters of Interest:     Mexican Background (III) to Return to Spain (VIII)


The Catholic histories listed below are in the public domain.

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Church History—Vol IV : Early Modern Times   by Sisters of Notre Dame Fourth of a five volume history of the Church, this book covers the causes of the Religious Revolt in Germany, Switzerland, and England, the Religious Wars in the Netherlands and France, the Ottoman attacks on Christendom, and the work of true reformers within the Church to restore Europe to the true faith.

Chapters of Interest:     (6) Rise of Foreign Missions (7) Missions in the Old World (8) Missions in the New World