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58 The primary instrument of pacification was the mission—the creation of Native American settlements under the auspices of one of the orders. The Franciscans went into the north central area, including New Mexico. In the seventeenth century they were followed by the Jesuits who moved into Sonora, Arizona, and the western coastal areas. Lay Spaniards followed, attracted by the lure of instant wealth coming from the newly discovered mines. S. 59 The other tool of civilization was the Spanish town.
Law. 25 So it is that the bandido and the law enforcer evoke very different images to the American and the Mexican. The same can be said for the concept of democracy. S. political traditions resulted from the political liberalism that fol- 10 mexico and the united states lowed the Protestant Reformation and a colonial experience that included various shades of religious tolerance and electoral politics, as well as the nineteenth-century background of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy. For Hispanics the experience was different, derived as it was from the colonial marriage of “las dos majestades,” or the two majesties of Crown and church, followed by sustained political discord and a series of foreign invasions after independence from Spain.
The heartland territories consist of the densely populated highlands of central and southern Mexico, Guatemala, and their adjacent lowlands. This was the home of the urbane and politically complex Mesoamerican cultures—the Mexica (Aztecs), Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Tarascans, and Mayas. Historically the heartlands have been bounded on the north and southeast by sparsely settled frontiers. The southeastern frontier includes the tropical forests and savannahs of the lowland country and extends from eastern Honduras through Panama.
America's International Trade: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues) by E. Willard Miller & Ruby M. Miller