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 need to ask your forgiveness for all of the dangerous issues that occurred,” stated Pignatelli, who’s descended from Cortes’ daughter.
“We have to go away the previous behind us,” Pignatelli stated. “As we speak is a day for leaving all of the dangerous issues previously.”
Requested if Mexico wanted an apology from Spain, Acosta stated no.
“Ultimately, we’re all household now,” he stated.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, nonetheless, disagrees.
“I nonetheless ask the king of Spain and Pope Francis, humbly, that they apologize for the abuses dedicated in the course of the conquest and the colonial domination,” López Obrador stated throughout a go to to Yucatan state after Acosta and Pignatelli’s hug.
Acosta is kind 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 considered one of Cortes’ noble titles, till they bought it.
The 2 shook fingers and stated they hoped the anniversary would serve to unite, not divide individuals.
Cortés and his 400 males have 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 notice his presents simply whetted their avarice; the Spaniards bullied their approach into Moctezuma’s palace, first as visitors, after which as captors.
The Aztecs bored with their emperor’s weak spot and chased Cortés out of Tenochtitlan.
Cortés regrouped and conquered town by 1521.
In March, López Obrador, requested Spain for an apology for the Conquest, during which thousands and thousands of indigenous individuals died from violence and illness.
Spanish International Minister Josep Borrell stated Spain “is not going to problem these apologies which have been requested,” and it appeared the case was closed till López Obrador raised it once more Friday.
“It is no insult,” López Obrador stated. “Quite the opposite, we reconcile and apologize for the injustices of different instances in order that, reconciled, we glance forward towards the longer term because the brothers we’re.”
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