Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This Day in the History of Evil Being Destroyed
Labels: Aztec History
Guns, germs, and Steel.
Let us accept that the Aztecs were evil, although in truth., one can wonder whether those natives who sought to supplant them were any better.
That which followed is history and I think it rather uselss to assert whether this was good and that was evil. Nevertheless, the history of the Spanish conquest of the New World in many ways does not cover the Spanish w/ glory.
Glory, huh? Curious word. Conquering through force of arms hugely numerically superior nations, creating a new society, making things much, much better and changing the genetic makeup of the nations may not be glorious, but if not, I don't know what would be glorious then. Thank God we evolved (if I can use those words in proximity) on the one continent that stretched the long way east and west
The Spanish in the New World treated the indigenous peoples like slaves. Admittedly, they did not eat them like the Aztecs did. But make no mistake, the Spanish had their own agenda and forced conversion and enslavement were intrinsic components of the program.
These are the same Spanish who 67 years later would attempt to invade England. I the context of their times, they were who they were. But never mistake them for being nice people who had anyone's interest at heart but their own.