The Mexican Inquisition
was the extension of the Spanish Inquisition
to Mexico, in 1571. Generally considered less harsh than its Spanish counterpart, the inquisition in Mexico concerned itself with people accused of heresy
, and bigamy
among other religious crimes. Immigration restrictions against newly converted Christians from the Jewish faith were imposed after conversos
or New Christians
were found to be emigrating from Spain to the New World in large numbers. These restrictions were lifted only later in the Northern frontier, which was beset by native resistance in the state of Nuevo Leon
. The Mexican Inquisition was directed primarily at Protestants, Native American "heretics", and occasional relapsed Jews of converso background.