The Spanish cultural heritage in America

The Spanish cultural heritage in America

Oasys MiniHollywood recently held a conference by the Texan historian Alfonso Borrego, defender of the Spanish cultural heritage in America, as well as the historians Martha Vera and J.Ricardo Danel.

Borrego, the great-grandson of the legendary Apache chief Gerónimo, strongly denies that the Spanish committed genocide in the Americas. He is an ardent defender of the Spanish legacy in America and the ethnic and cultural miscegenation that characterized the time.

As president of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Cultural Heritage Society, he travels the world dismantling the Black Legend of the Conquest. In his conference at Oasys MiniHollywood, he made a very illuminating comparison: “In the states with a Spanish name (Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Utah or Texas) there are Indian reservations. However, in the non-Spanish states, (Ohio, Alabama, Iowa, Virginia, Mississippi…) there are no Indians. Do you know why? Because the English killed them all.

Historians emphasized that the truth of the history of Spain in America is only being denied by the indigenism, whose purpose is to seek arguments in the past to increase social and national fragmentation in the present.

They stressed that these realities can be found not only in the United States, but also in the nations with a Spanish name in Central America: “Let’s go to Chile, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, or the Dominican Republic, where the Spanish first arrived, and there are Indians. What happens in the areas that were dominated by the English or by other non-Spanish nations? Aruba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Virgin Island, Cayman Islands… None at all.”

Borrego explains that also senseless are the attacks against the figure of Fray Junípero Serra, the Franciscan who created missions on the West coast of the United States and gave rise to the main cities in that region: Santa Monica, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles… He explains that it was actually the American settlers, during their westward expansion, who wiped out the Indians.

“The Spaniards should not ask for forgiveness. When they arrived, they mixed with the indigenous people. The mestizo children were citizens of the Crown of Castile, with all inheritance rights. It was two cultures combining. The Black Legend in the Spanish conquest was encouraged by England and Holland, but they were the ones who devastated the Indians, not the Spanish.”

Alfonso Borrego affirms that the testimony of Alexander Von Humboldt, at the end of the 18th century, refuted all the falsehoods about the Spanish conquest, making it clear that in the Spanish possessions of America, there were 7 million Indians and 5 million mestizos, who represented 80% of the population.

But as the three historians explain, it is very difficult to dismantle the lies about Spanish colonization, because all this anti-Spanish narrative is installed in the educational system of the United States.

Once again Oasys MiniHollywood participates in the cultural and historical development of the province of Almería.