Anuario Colombiano de Historia Social y de la Cultura (2003-01-01)

The expulsion of Jesuits from Nueva Granada in 185Oas key for understanding

  • José David Cortés Guerrero

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 0, no. 30
pp. 199 – 238


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This article shows the confrontation between the liberal ideology of the mid nineteenth century and the conservative positions of the time as a result of the expulsion of the Society of Jesus from the Nueva Granada. The expulsion of the Jesuits encapsulates several key aspects of liberal ideology: the need to break with the colonial past; progress and civilization as attainable objectives; education as a neutral in terms of religious instruction; and the separation of the Catholic Church from the State as an important factor for reaching modernization and modernity. With the expulsion of the Jesuits one can also see the aligning of the nascent political parties, some defended the expulsión, others opposed it vehemently.