500 years later, Mexico demands that Spain apologize for the Conquistadors
Spain’s rejection of the demand was immediate and blunt
Just when you think we may have seen peak “social justice insanity,” there is a news item showing that we have clearly not yet topped out!
Despite having 15th largest economy in the world and being the third most populous country in the Americas, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has demanded that the Spanish government apologize for the conquistadors.
López Obrador, who was elected last year, released a video Monday, describing a letter he wrote to Spain’s King Felipe VI. In the letter, he said, he urged both the king and the pope to “apologize to the indigenous peoples [of Mexico] for the violations of what we now call their human rights.”
The letter has irritated a normally strong relationship between Mexico and Spain, the world’s two richest Spanish-speaking countries. The Spanish government released a statement late Monday saying that it, “deeply regrets the disclosure of the letter the president of Mexico sent to the king on March 1,” adding that it “firmly rejected” López Obrador’s assertion.
A review of Mexican history, especially focused on the Aztec Empire and its practices of slavery and human sacrifices, would have many argue that the conquistadors were liberators. In fact, Spanish expedition leader Hernán Cortés found a number of willing native allies to help his small force capture the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán.
I guess carving out hearts wasn’t the way to win ‘hearts and minds.’
Perhaps Mexicans are no longer learning Mexican history, the way that Americans are no longer effectively learning the history of the United States? Interestingly, one Mexican legislator used our history in defense of Obrador’s demand.
Speaking in the Congress of the Gulf coast state, Charlie Valentino León Flores Vera, a deputy with López Obrador’s Morena party, said that corruption in Mexico and other Latin American countries is a product of Spanish colonization and that Spaniards should show remorse for the actions of their ancestors.
“. . . Unfortunately, we were colonized by the worst of the races, which is the Spanish . . . I wouldn’t ask them to [just] apologize but rather kneel down before our country because thanks to them we’re living through all this corruption,” he said.
“In Canada, there were French and English colonies. Look at the difference! In the United States, there were English colonies . . . In Belize, there was a colony of black English people and I think that they [the Belizeans] live better than us,” León Flores added.
The Spanish have responded precisely the way you might expect.
Spain’s rejection was immediate and blunt.
“The government of Spain deeply regrets that the letter the Mexican president sent to his majesty the king, whose contents we firmly reject, has been made public,” it said in a statement.
“The arrival, 500 years ago, of Spaniards to present Mexican territory cannot be judged in the light of contemporary considerations,” it said.
“Our two brother nations have always known how to read our shared past without anger and with a constructive perspective.”
After this review of native culture in Central America, I think you can understand why this might be my favorite scene in Mel Gibson’s 2006 epic, Apacolypto.
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Mexico was never colonized, it was conquered. The US and Canada were colonized by the Brits and the French.
And Mexico is trying to conquer us now. We need to resist, and counterattack.
Mexico should be thanking those invaders for their genetic contributions to Mexico. There is no doubt that their collective intelligence was raised 🙂
It’s said that the past is another country. Different people living in different ways. Today we’re told to respect all cultures – except our own, and the completely different ones of our ancestors.
Cultures, just like individuals have no innate right to respect. Some most certainly deserve disrespect.
Shouldn’t Mexico be going after the Spanish that actually terrorized & subjugated the indigenous peoples of Central America?
You know, the ones that stayed?
The Mexicans who still call themselves Spanish?
More likely, “enlightened” & “Hefe”.
love the cyrillic sub titles…
Yes, I hope it’s not an omen that the language in that clip was Russian!
Obrador is NOT an Aztec.
So if not for the Spaniards, Obrador would have been sacrificed by the Aztecs as a defeated, subject people or in some other way etc.
Democrats don’t have a corner on stupid, but the Democrats today are Communists (socialism is just communism by another name snark). Communists do have the market on stupid cornered I think.
Thanks Mary, I didn’t know about that film. Looks intersting.
“Apocalypto…American epic adventure film co-produced, co-written and directed by Mel Gibson. The film features a cast of Native American and Indigenous Mexican actors …all dialogue is in a modern approximation of the ancient language of the setting. Here, the Indigenous Yucatec Maya language is spoken, with subtitles…..
Set in the Yucatan, Mexico around the year 1502, Apocalypto portrays the hero’s journey of a young man named Jaguar Paw, an early Mesoamerican hunter and his fellow tribesmen who are captured by an invading force after the devastation of their village and brought on a perilous journey to a Mayan city for human sacrifice at a time when the Maya civilization is in decline.
The film was a box office success, grossing over $120 million worldwide, and received mostly positive reviews, with critics praising Gibson’s direction, Dean Semler’s cinematography, the performances of the cast, and the portrayal of Mayan civilization.
All of the ethnic tribes and peoples depicted in the film were Maya, as Gibson wanted to depict the Maya city built for the story as an “Unknown world” to the character. The film ends with the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the Spanish conquistadors on his fourth voyage.
I highly recommend watching the movie. It’s like riding a roller coaster from beginning to end.
The “native” Mexicans, as well as those that claim a slavery ancestor, all seem to think they would be a prince or princess of the Aztecs, Inca or Mayan empires… as those from Africa would have been in the Zulu empire. Actually slave, serf or sacrifice as you point out. Of course, Alta California with San Diego, LA and such would be just as great under pre-Spanish development… NOT!
Mexican’s only exist because of the Conquistadors! IF Spanish people wouldn’t have breed with Native Indians they’d never come about! And its the same except for maybe Peru!
Probably true for all of Central and South America……
Except in Brazil it was Portugal…..
Guess Spain Pounced on Leon with the fountain of truth.
Just the Mexican government looking to blame someone else for their corruption. 200+ years of Independence(minus the time of French occupation), a revolution and they still gotta blame someone else.
Isn’t it rich…..Mexico’s government leaders are descended from Spanish stock……
Spanish is widely spoken in Mexico – cultural appropriation meant to degrade the poor innocent victims of Spain when Mexico stole their language. APOLOGIZE!!!
Shouldn’t the ancient Egyptians be paying reparations to the descendents of Moses?
And what about Ancient Rome paying reparations to Christians?
And what about the likes of obama and shaprton paying reparations to white people killed or injured by attacks incited against them by people of color?
What about hillary clinton paying reparations to the victims of Bengahzi?
And what about harry “I lost my fake product liabiltiy case” reid paying reparations to mittens romney?
And what abut the GOPe paying reparations to the base?
Corrupt former Sen. Harry Reid (D) loses civil lawsuit over exercise-device injury:
In other words, the jury knew someone beat the crap out of scumbag Reid…
Then only thing Spain should be sorry for is creating such a group of ingrates.
I demand Eve apologize to Adam for giving him the Apple.
She blamed that on the snake.
…and for stealing one of his ribs.
Chupa la verga.
Native Americans joined forces with the Spanish to impeach and remove the Aztec leftists. The combined forces overwhelmed imperial defenses, which was the prelude to Mexico’s conception.
Has Mexico and the rest of Central America apologized to the United States for MS-13 yet?
OOPS! I forgot – to the MSM/DNC axis MS-13 are the good guys. Like they did with Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton, the media thinks murder and rape are ok in this case.
Just another group of people wrapping themselves in the mantle of victim-hood in order to attempt to extort money from others while excusing their own failings.
Mexico has been invaded numerous times over the millennia, several times before Europeans even set foot in the Western Hemisphere. The Aztecs were merely the last in a long line of conquerors before the Spanish arrived. Their culture was brutal, and their subject tribes were routinely used for human sacrifice and were treated in a barbarous manner. So, exactly which ethnic population is responsible for reparations to which other ethnic group?
What is really interesting is Mexico’s highly stratified social structure. The social structure of Mexico ranges from pure, or nearly pure, European stock, down to pure, or nearly pure, Indian stock. Negros rank as low as pure Indians. So, shouldn’t the high percentage, European elite, in Mexico, be paying reparations to the members of Mexican society having lower percentages of European blood, whom their ancestors conquered?
The past is the past. Get over it and move on.
Almost all of the people who have been running Mexico since Cortez are white Europeans. Why?
Some races are good at basketball. Why is that? Could it be racism and all other -isms and -ophobias are folk statistics, and mostly true, most of the time?
Mexican butthurt is almost as funny as democrat butthurt.
So, you’re telling me that “Conquistador” is an inartful name for my new brand of mezcal? Damn, we already spent a lot of dough, printing labels and custom-etched glass bottles. I guess next time, I’ll consult the totalitarian SJW’s, before I do a product roll-out.
The Americas were conquered. We should learn from the Native American experience, what happens when you fail to control illegal immigration.
So, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, you think that ending human sacrifice was a bad thing and the Spanish should apologize for it?
You can be confident that I won’t spend any tourist dollars in Mexico until after you leave office!
For some in-depth reading on the subject try “1491” by Charles Mann. You get some insight as to just how long people have been in the Americas (although it wasn’t call that then). Different regions and people are handled separately, as much as is consistent. Lots of interviews with archaeologists and visits to sites. Different city-states fought with each other and some formed alliances. There are settlements that carbon dating sets at 30,000 BC (roughly), and some cities that rival those of Europe in size and sophistication at the same time in history. The mysteries are that for all that, the wheel never went beyond a child’s toy and no written language developed as it did in Europe and eastern Mediterranean. There is even some material that sheds light on Lie-a-watha and here DNA adventures. Something for everyone.