My own post about this from 2015. https://globalcitizenblog.com/visiting-spanish-missions-in-california/ “Within the missions is a terrible truth — that they were little more than concentration camps where California’s Indians were beaten, whipped, maimed, burned, tortured and virtually exterminated by the friars.The California Indians did have a culture, but they never got a chance to contribute it to…… Continue reading The truth about California Missions. Just as bad as Canadian Residential Schools
The more I travel and learn the more I realize people of every nation do not know their own history. It is not necessarily their own fault but that of the elementary and secondary schools which teach a ‘happy’ and patriotic version while diminishing or completely ignoring anything which could paint the country in a…… Continue reading The Spanish West – Time Life Books
It has been a long while since my last post. This is directly due to to my second child and I’ve quickly learned that with only one child there is still free time, but with two all personal time no longer exists. There is no time to read much about history, study more language, ponder…… Continue reading Visiting Spanish Missions in California
While reading my Lapham’s Quarterly I came across the “Requerimiento” (Requirement). This was a written declaration of sovereignty and war, read by Spanish military forces to assert their sovereignty over the Americas. “It was used to justify the assertion that God, through historical Saint Peter and appointed Papal successors, held authority as ruler over the entire Earth; and that the Inter…… Continue reading The ISIS takes a page from Spanish Conquistadors!
Just watched the documentary “Constantines’s Sword.” It is the journey of one man who upon leaving the Catholic priesthood examines the dark ugly side of the church with respect to it’s persecution of Jews. https://youtu.be/BSQWHqBLrSo Although I had never considered being a priest, I also left the Catholic faith. The main reason is perhaps that…… Continue reading Constantine’s Sword