The Black Legend. Spain’s conquest of the New World in memory. “A distinctive feature of legends is that their veracity is in some way suspect. A legend is a story that someone else believes.” 1 1 Charles Gibson, The Black Legend (1969). What is Historical Memory?.
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Spain’s conquest of the New World in memory
1 Charles Gibson, The Black Legend (1969)
On one hand, an idealized Indian past
I took this picture at the National Palace in Mexico City, Fall 2003
Diego Rivera and exiled Russian Revolutionary Leo Trotsky (before Trotsy’s ended up with an icepick in his back!)
In 1598, Don Juan de Oñate crossed the Rio Grande, becoming the first European (he was actually a mix of Spanish and Indian – a mestizo, or perhaps more accurately, a Latino) to enter what is today the American Southwest.