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robomatic BS: Acoma Pueblo and Historical Insight (10) RE: BS: Acoma Pueblo and Historical Insight 24 Jun 21


I did hear of the Oņate statue losing a foot, or of the suggestion that someone do it. Can't remember if it was the PBS source but it may have also been in Wikipedia.

A lot of our attitude of the Spanish likely comes from our history, not to mention our language, being sourced out of one of the leading Spanish antagonists, dear old England. And the English were not slack in the cultural domination department. I definitely shared in that attitude until I met some Floridians who retired to Alaska, but had lived in the city of St. Augustine,St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the contiguous United States.

Then I saw a documentary called "Secrets of Spanish Florida"
. It was a fascinating glimpse into a history I was unaware of. Among the points it made:

A) The incredible savagery of European-on-European violence. The Spanish founders of St. Augustine were competing with a French colonial effort. It ended with a massacre.

B) The Spanish were not blindly ignorant of their treatment of the indigenous people. There were cases where they tried their own people for their actions, including Oņate.

C) The Spanish of St. Augustine, according to the documentary, had an almost liberal attitude to other races, who were allowed to dwell nearby in freedom. This resulted in attacks from the English colonies to the north, who were threatened by free people of color who were an attraction and competition to those who did he work in their slave economies.


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