Vox has emerged as a defender of the Conquest and of such important figures in the history of Spain and the world as that of Hernan Cortes. For this reason, the third party with the most representation has registered two initiatives in the Congress of Deputies to organize tributes to the conquest of Spain, in the face of constant attacks by countries such as Mexico.
In addition, the party of Santiago Abascal, on the eve of Hispanic Day and when the president of Mexico, Andrés López Obrador demands that Spain apologize for colonization, has promoted these initiatives, complaining that the fifth centenary of the conquest of Mexico is going very unnoticed.
It was on August 13, 1521 when the troops of Extremadura Hernán Cortés entered the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, and captured Cuauhtémoc, the last emperor, thus culminating the conquest of Mexico that began seven years earlier.
Yes there were abuses
Vox admits that «the Spanish presence in America, especially in its earliest phase, it was not exempt from abuses», But underlines that that campaign gave way to a new society that, added to the rest of the Spanish domains, generated Hispanidad and transformed the history of the world.
“The Hispanic Monarchy brought pre-Columbian peoples out of cannibalism, slavery, human sacrifice and technological prehistory,” they recall. In its initiatives, the party led by Santiago Abascal collects testimonies from intellectuals from different eras, including the socialist Indalecio Prieto, glossing the Spanish presence in America.
For all these reasons, “it is considered absolutely necessary that the competent institutions promote, disseminate, promote and praise important figures and events in the country’s history, since a people who do not know its history is condemned to disappear,” he argues.
In this sense, in one of its initiatives, Vox urges the Government to “promote, through State institutions, the dissemination and promotion of the figure of Hernán Cortés de Monroy and Pizarro Altamirano, for his important contribution to the military history of the world, in general, and to the greatness of Spain, in particular.
And in another non-law proposal, also intended for debate in the Culture Commission, the Government is summoned to “carry out the necessary diplomatic procedures before the Executive of the United Mexican States in order to proceed with the cleaning up and adequate signposting of the tomb of Hernán Cortes, allowing his visit.
As Vox recalls, between 1794 and 1823 Hernán Cortés had a mausoleum in the church of the Hospital de Jesús, but after the independence of Mexico his remains were subjected to successive maneuvers to try to degrade or even destroy them. Since 1947, only a bronze plaque with the legend “Hernán Cortes 1485-1547” remains in the same church and it is not allowed to go sightseeing or take photos.