MEXICO CITY (AP) — Descendants of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and Aztec emperor Moctezuma met Friday in Mexico Metropolis to mark the 500th anniversary of their forebearers’ first encounter.
The hope was that the assembly, at a colonial church the place Cortés is buried, would go higher than the one 500 years in the past.
Federico Acosta, a Mexican who traces his lineage again 16 generations to Moctezuma’s daughter, embraced Ascanio Pignatelli of Italy in a bear hug.
“I wish to ask your forgiveness for all of the dangerous issues that occurred,” mentioned Pignatelli, who’s descended from Cortes’ daughter.
“We have to go away the previous behind us,” Pignatelli mentioned. “Right now is a day for leaving all of the dangerous issues up to now.”
Requested if Mexico wanted an apology from Spain, Acosta mentioned no.
“In the long run, we’re all household now,” he mentioned.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, nevertheless, disagrees.
“I nonetheless ask the king of Spain and Pope Francis, humbly, that they apologize for the abuses dedicated throughout the conquest and the colonial domination,” López Obrador mentioned throughout a go to to Yucatan state after Acosta and Pignatelli’s hug.
Acosta is sort of positive of his lineage: up till the 1930s, his household acquired a pension granted by the federal government to Moctezuma’s descendants.
And Pignatelli’s household had inherited one in all Cortes’ noble titles, till they offered it.
The 2 shook arms and mentioned they hoped the anniversary would serve to unite, not divide individuals.
Cortés and his 400 males had been met by Moctezuma on the entrance to Tenochtitlan, the Aztec title for the capital.
Moctezuma greeted them courteously and showered them with presents, hoping to persuade them to go away.
He did not understand his presents simply whetted their avarice; the Spaniards bullied their manner into Moctezuma’s palace, first as company, after which as captors.
The Aztecs uninterested in their emperor’s weak spot and chased Cortés out of Tenochtitlan.
Cortés regrouped and conquered the town by 1521.
Acosta mentioned he was pleased with the civilization the Aztecs — referred to as the Mexicas — constructed.
“We had order, we had honor, we had all the pieces, and if we get better that, we Mexicans have confirmed that we may be one of the best,” Acosta mentioned.
However Acosta mentioned the conquerors ought to be judged by the requirements of their day, even when trendy requirements condemn their massacres and brutality.
“It is not that there have been good individuals and dangerous individuals,” he mentioned. “It is that that is the best way issues had been performed.”
In March, López Obrador, requested Spain for an apology for the Conquest, through which thousands and thousands of indigenous individuals died from violence and illness.
Spanish Overseas Minister Josep Borrell mentioned Spain “won’t difficulty these apologies which were requested,” and it appeared the case was closed till López Obrador raised it once more Friday.
“It is no insult,” López Obrador mentioned. “Quite the opposite, we reconcile and apologize for the injustices of different occasions in order that, reconciled, we glance forward towards the longer term because the brothers we’re.”
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