By the middle of the 16th century, Catholic Jesuit priests, at the behest of Portugal's monarchy, had established missions throughout the country's colonies.
Unlike his predecessor, King Manuel was less concerned with internal power struggles and this enabled him to focus on different matters: administrative reform, and his international image as the ruler of a Portuguese global empire.
Through this connection of the prophets with the name of the king, the Monstrance highlights the pious images that Manuel liked to project of himself, as a prophet, protector, and promoter of Christendom.
Manuel was also a generous gift-giver, a practice he used to enhance his position.
Climate change is one issue that indigenous tribes attribute as a reason to keep their territory.
During the first 100 years of contact, the Indian population was reduced by 90%.