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What role did the Catholic Church play in Spain?s rule of its colonial
possessions in North America?
e pope indirectly ruled the colonies through the Spanish
monarchy, requiring papal approval for all policies in the colonies.
(B) Responsibilities to the Catholic Church dominated expansion policies
into the northern territories.
e papacy provided the majority of funding for Spanish exploration.
e Spanish monarchy ordered priests to convert the indigenous
population to Catholicism.
e Spanish missions reported to the pope rather than the Spanish
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