This Sourcebook, now in pilot stages, aims to make key primary sources on colonial Latin America (1520-1820) available in English translation for scholars and students. Presently it concentrates on the role of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Latin America.
The Jesuits arrived in Brazil in 1549, only a decade after the foundation of their order by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. By the 1570s they were active in the Viceroyalties of Mexico and Peru. Until their suppression in 1767, Jesuits were involved in myriad activities, most importantly the foundation of institutions of higher learning.