Mexico apologizes to Spain and the Vatican for his or her conquest


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Lopez Obrador welcomed Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to Mexico Metropolis in January.

The Mexican president despatched a letter to the King of Spain, Felipe VI, and Pope Francis requested them to apologize for the human rights violations dedicated throughout the conquest of the area.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared that the indigenous peoples of Mexico had been victims of massacres.

In a video filmed on the ruins of an historical Mexican metropolis, he known as for a full account of the violations.

"It’s time to come to phrases, however let's first express regret," he stated.

"The Sword and the Cross"

Mr. López Obrador was tireless his criticism of Spain and the Vatican.

"There have been massacres and oppression, the so-called conquest was carried out with the sword and the cross," he stated.

"They constructed their church buildings over (native) temples".

Mexico has the second largest Catholic inhabitants on the earth after Brazil.

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Throughout a go to to Mexico in 2016, Pope Francis stated that indigenous peoples had suffered centuries of discrimination

The Madrid authorities reacts rapidly by firmly rejecting its request for an apology.

"The arrival 500 years in the past of Spaniards on Mexican territory cannot be judged within the gentle of up to date concerns," Spain stated in an announcement.

"Our two brother nations have at all times been in a position to learn our widespread previous with out anger and in a constructive perspective," provides the textual content.

The Aztec Empire is defeated

The conquest of Spain from the Americas started with the arrival of an expedition led by Christopher Columbus in 1492

The conquest of Mexico started when a small military led by Hernán Cortés landed within the current state of Veracruz in 1519.


The highly effective Aztec empire is lastly defeated, marking the start of 300 years of Spanish rule.

Mexico gained independence after a struggle from 1810 to 1821, and have become a federal republic in 1824.

López Obrador got here to energy in December with a left-wing program.

He promised to battle corruption, scale back inequalities and carry hundreds of thousands of Mexicans out of poverty.

Relations with the center-right Spanish authorities have been pleasant up to now.


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