It is said that Protestant missionaries appeared much later than Catholic ones. Is this true and why is it so?

During the 16th century, Protestant propaganda was confined to Europe. Only in the 17th century, the Protestants, having consolidated their positions in Europe, began to compete with the Catholics overseas.

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