This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the convent reforms in Havana, Cuba, carried out under the auspices of the Spanish Bourbon state and the Catholic Church during the reigns of Charles III during the period from 1761 to 1808. This book compares these reforms to the ones instituted in mainland communities and suggests that convent reform in Cuba followed the pattern of the other Bourbon Reforms in that it produced better results on the island than it did elsewhere. It also argues that the impact of eighteenth-century convent reform could be far-reaching, as in the case of Havana, Cuba, where it altered the internal dynamics and the external functions and images of the female religious communities of that city.
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