What factors led to greater success For european missionaries in spanish america and the philippines than in africa And asia?

1 Answer
Mar 31, 2018

Disease and the Sword


Spain was at the time of its imperial expansion what would be toady described as a religious fundamentalist state, where the Catholic church was very prominent in determining state policy and the christianisation across the empire was seen as a duty and carried out with enthusiasm and zeal

Combine that with the European diseases introduced which devastated populations, which could be propagandised as gods anger against the heathens plus the very real threat of being executed as a heretic and conversion would seem an attractive alternative

The other European empires (France and England) were for the most part more secular so conversion was not particularly state sponsored but carried out by other organisations and tolerated by the state but not seen as important to the functions of empire