Baile de la conquista

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The Baile de la conquista, or Dance of the conquest is a folkloric dance that is performed in a variety of forms, depending on local culture and traditions, throughout Latin America. The dance is typically performed in indigenous communities during the festival honoring the town's patron saint and tells the story of the Spanish conquest in the particular region where it is being performed. It has its roots in the proselytizing activities of colonial priests, who used it to help them in their efforts to convert indigenous peoples and African slaves to Christianity.