I then studied about the changes which took place in the 18th century in America and Chile, due to the reforms carried out by the Bourbons. The church began losing its importance. The church carried on living alongside the Bourbon dynasty, new buildings were built in the Neoclassical style, rather than Baroque. This was what is know as the Golden Period, when the elite began using the estancias as a means of getting rich. The elite they would recruit immigrants who would work on their land and make money for their businesses, and prosper from the agriculture stemming from the land of the Estancias.