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hist250rr3 - Julie Gilbert HIST250, Sec 0101 Reading...

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Julie Gilbert HIST250, Sec 0101 Reading Response #3 September 22, 2008 The different perceptions and interpretations of 1492 are mostly derived from the struggle to define the conquest. This struggle begins with political sensibilities of both the Spanish and the native peoples. A very commonly well-known interpretation of the Spanish conquest is that of the “Black Legend”, which basically portrays conquistadors as violent, greedy and power hungry. They brutally mistreated the Amerindians for their own gain. The Black Legend was pronounced by Spanish missionaries such as Bartholome de Las Casas and also by Spain’s European imperial rivals. For this reason, the Black Legend is a widely accepted view of 1492. However, when historians look back on 1492 and conquests, there is also a cultural aspect of political sensibility, which is to be considered. Although we now view how the conquistadors treated the Spanish as wrong, the Spanish were acting similarly to others of Imperial nations of the time, because “very few individuals stand
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