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  • 500 years after Aztec rule, Mexico confronts a complicated anniversary

    08/12/2021 2:02:01 PM PDT · by Borges · 72 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 8/12/21 | ANDRÉS RESÉNDEZ
    Was the 1521 surrender of the great Indigenous empire to the Spanish crown a triumphant conquest, an existential tragedy—or even a genocide? The remains of a massive cypress tree sits inside a small plaza in Mexico City, surrounded by fencing and illuminated by four spotlights at night. An old sign explains its significance: “This is the tree where Hernán Cortés wept after being defeated by the Aztec defenders.” We Mexicans call it El Árbol de la Noche Triste, or The Tree of the Sad Night, and learn about it since grade school from government-issued history textbooks. The story goes something...
  • Mexican president asks Pope Francis for conquest apology [again]

    10/11/2020 10:08:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 10, 2020
    Mexico’s president published an open letter to Pope Francis Saturday calling on the Roman Catholic Church to apologize for abuses of indigenous peoples during the conquest of Mexico in the 1500s. In the letter, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also asks the pope to lend Mexico ancient pre-Hispanic Mexican or colonial-era documents. “The Catholic Church, the Spanish monarchy and the Mexican government should make a public apology for the offensive atrocities that Indigenous people suffered,” the letter states. López Obrador asked the pope to make a statement in favor of Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico’s 19th-century independence leader who was once believed...
  • Spain refuses to apologise for conquering Mexico five hundred years ago

    03/28/2019 3:39:41 PM PDT · by billorites · 126 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 27, 2019 | James Badcock
    Spain's government has refused a demand from Mexico's new president that it apologise for conquering the country five hundred years ago. Firing the first shots in what threatens to become a diplomatic row, the Left-wing Mexican leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced on Monday that he had sent letters to Spain’s King Felipe VI and Pope Francis urging them to apologize for crimes committed against the indigenous peoples of what is today Mexico. “There were massacres and oppression. The so-called conquest was waged with the sword and the cross. They built their churches on top of the temples,” Mr López...
  • MSNBC Reporter In Mexico Refutes Media Narrative: Majority Of Caravan Are Men, Not Seeking Asylum

    11/26/2018 1:58:30 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    MSNBC’s Gadi Schwartz refutes the media narrative by reporting from the ground in Mexico that the majority of people in the migrant caravan are not women and children, but rather men who are not seeking asylum. Be sure to like, subscribe, and comment below to share your thoughts on the video.
  • Oklahoma’s Choctaw horses connect to Mississippi [Spanish Explorer's Horses Descendants]

    10/16/2018 11:31:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 10/16/2018 | By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    <p>POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Six foals sired by a cream-colored stallion called DeSoto scamper across a pasture in southwest Mississippi — the first new blood in a century for a line of horses brought to America by Spanish conquistadors and bred by Choctaw Indians who were later forced out of their ancestral homelands.</p>
  • Tucker Carlson slams immigrant lawyer as 'citizen of country controlled by conquistadors'

    07/30/2018 7:40:09 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/30/18 | Brett Samuels
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson dismissed on Monday an immigration attorney’s argument that all American residents should be given the right to vote, saying he was from a country “controlled by conquistadors.” Cesar Vargas, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico illegally, appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," where he argued that the right to vote should be expanded to include anyone who lives in America. "I think it goes to the concept of citizenship. As a nation, we have matured from only free, land-owner, white people — to now women and African Americans," said Vargas, who is able to remain...
  • Remains of Conquistador Convoy Found in Mexico

    10/09/2015 1:45:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 108 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | Friday, October 09, 2015 | unattributed
    In 1520, a Spanish-led supply convoy that may have consisted of as many as 550 people, including Cubans of African and Indian descent, women, and Indian allies of the Spaniards, was captured and taken to a town inhabited by the Aztec-allied Texcocanos, or Acolhuas. The town is now known as Zultepec-Tecoaque, an archaeological site east of Mexico City. Excavations have uncovered carved clay figurines of the invaders that the Texcocanos had symbolically decapitated. Human and animal bones with cut marks have also been found, indicating that the members of the convoy and their horses were actually sacrificed and eaten. The...
  • Caribbean nations seeking compensation for slavery

    07/25/2013 8:13:10 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 32 replies
    The Big Story ^ | July 25, 2013 | Ben Fox (AP)
    MIAMI (AP) — Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation from three European nations for what they say is the lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade. The Caribbean Community, a regional organization that typically focuses on rather dry issues such as economic integration, has taken up the cause of compensation for slavery and the genocide of native peoples and is preparing for what would likely be a drawn-out battle with the governments of Britain, France and the Netherlands. Caricom, as the organization is known, has enlisted the help of a...
  • New Mexico statue brought by conquistadors still inspires Catholics

    11/04/2007 4:23:00 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies · 68+ views
    The Pilot ^ | October 26, 2007 | Noel Fletcher
    SANTA FE, N.M. (CNS) -- Little did the Spanish conquistadors and Franciscans who came to what is now New Mexico in 1625 realize that the same wooden statue of Mary they brought with them to help instill the Catholic faith would still be a symbol of love and devotion today. Originally called the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the statue is little more than 3 feet high, made of wood and hollow in the middle -- so it might fit atop a staff when displayed on horseback -- but it continues to inspire the faithful as La Conquistadora. Her...
  • Mexican Archeologists Discover Evidence of Child Sacrifice

    04/18/2007 6:52:55 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 72 replies · 1,272+ views
    Cnews ^ | 4/18/2007 | Cnews
    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Archeologists have discovered the remains of two dozen children in Mexico apparently sacrificed by priests who slashed their throats and offered their blood to the rain god Tlaloc, researchers said Tuesday. The discovery at a former Toltec settlement indicates child sacrifice predated the Aztecs, an advanced civilization conquered by the Spain in the 16th century and was fairly commonplace. Dating to about AD 950 to 1150, the bones of the children were found on the outskirts of the Toltec archeological zone Tula, said Luis Gamboa, an archeologist for the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The...
  • Theory for mass deaths roils Mexico (Not just the Conquistadors,, how about Rats?)

    01/07/2007 9:19:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 519+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/7/07 | Mark Stevenson - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Mexicans have long been taught to blame diseases brought by the Spaniards for wiping out most of their Indian ancestors. But recent research suggests things may not be that simple. While the initial big die-offs are still blamed on the Conquistadors who started arriving in 1519, even more virulent epidemics in 1545 and 1576 may have been caused by a native blood-hemorrhaging fever spread by rats, Mexican researchers say. The idea has sparked heated debate in Mexican academic circles. One camp holds that the epidemics could have been spread by rats migrating during a drought cycle; others...
  • Missionaries face jail in India

    07/30/2006 12:56:25 AM PDT · by vimto · 227 replies · 2,423+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | July 30, 2006 | Dean Nelson, Delhi
    JULIA and Richard do not look like fugitives but they could be jailed under new Indian laws to stop missionaries converting low-caste Hindus to Christianity without a magistrate’s approval. A well educated British couple with young children, they left London two years ago to teach missionary work in some of India’s poorest states, such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Orissa. Last week Madhya Pradesh became the latest state to pass an anti-religious conversion bill that could leave Christian missionaries open to criminal charges. Leaders of India’s 26m Christians say the bill is an attempt to intimidate and persecute them, while...
  • Mother Teresa’s Sisters Are Hostage to Fanatic Hinduists

    07/09/2006 10:13:35 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 113 replies · 1,725+ views
    www.chiesa ^ | July 7m 2006 | Sandro Magister
    ...In seven states in India, the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] and its allies have introduced over the past few years a number of laws that punish “proselytism.” Ivan Dias, the archbishop of Bombay...asserted that “conversion from one religious belief to another is a strictly personal matter between God and the individual concerned.” Conversions “induced by force, fraud or allurement,” the cardinal continued, are not part of the Church’s mission. Those who attack the Church must provide proof for their accusations, but they have not been able to do so... “Christians in India number only 2.3% of the total population: of...
  • Teen explains Apache Junction flag scuffle

    04/05/2006 11:33:36 PM PDT · by HungarianGypsy · 13 replies · 958+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 04/05/06 | Blake Herzog
    Adam Garcia wants everyone to know he never burned the American flag, which is one of the rumors he’s heard about himself. Watch Tribune reporter Nicole Birk's report Related Links Immigration tensions spark flag-burning Today's Top Stories News The 16-year-old is the Apache Junction High School sophomore who brought a Mexican flag to campus Thursday. He said he got the idea from friends to hoist it on one of three flagpoles there. It was before school, and before an American flag had been raised. “I wouldn’t have taken it down if it had been there, because I’m proud of that...

    03/15/2004 5:02:04 PM PST · by 45Auto · 5 replies · 2,251+ views
    Denver Museum of Natural History ^ | November 1992 | Dr. Jane S. Day, Chief Curator
    1492 was perhaps the most momentous year in all of Spainish history. Under the leadership of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, Spain was united for the first time in 800 years and the last of the Moors had just been sucessfully defeated at Granada. In this same year under the urging of Torquemada, master of the Inquisition, an edict had been issued expelling the Jews from Spain. In addition, after six long years of waiting around the periphery of the royal court, Christopher Columbus had finally been given permission to set sail westward to search for the riches...
  • Colombian Lake Holds Secret of El Dorado Legend

    09/21/2002 6:43:36 AM PDT · by Tancred · 2 replies · 8,386+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 19, 2002 | Ibon Villelabeitia
    LAKE GUATAVITA, Colombia (Reuters) - Covered in gold dust, the Indian king leapt from the ceremonial raft into the sacred lake as masked shamans sprinkled the waters with gold and emerald offerings to their gods. The ancient ritual of the Golden Man -- "El Dorado" in Spanish -- disappeared long before the arrival of the Spanish in South America, but the legend lured droves of conquistadors and looters to this small lake in the Colombian Andes. A gold-covered man, they reasoned, must be from a city of gold. Although the golden city was never found, the search for El Dorado...