Mission and Colonialism
The Jesuits benefit from the colonial expansion of European powers from the 16th century onwards. They strive to spread the Catholic faith through missionary work overseas. The Jesuits are particularly effective because they engage intensively with the local culture. And yet, a power imbalance remains between the locals and the missionaries. Indigenous people are stereotyped, described as “wild” and compared to animals. The racist thought patterns are also reproduced and spread through reports to Europe. This also applies to Pater Martin Schmid, who uses racist and exoticizing descriptions in his letters.