The Black Legend

Serge posts some nice tidbits from this month’s Latin Mass Magazine, where Diane Moczar goes about debunking the pervasive myths about the evils of Spanish colonialism and the horrifying Inquisition.

Here’s my favorite of his quotes:

It was not Spaniards who rejoiced that Indians were dying of disease ‘to make way for a better growth’. That was Cotton Mather in New England. Nor was it the Inquisition that killed supposed witches; that was New England too, late in the following century.

It’s still astonishing to me after spending way too much time trying to re-educate myself about history how much I still have left to rethink, and how deeply successful the Black Legend propaganda has been.

Go read the whole thing…

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