30-minute video on the Black Legend of the Empire. The 12th of October, the day Christopher Columbus set foot in the New World, is Spain’s National Day. It is the official national day. However, it is not merely a regional celebration, but a remembrance of the encounter between two different worlds, which is why it is a Universal day. It is not only a day of celebration in Spain, but also in America. From 12 October 1492 onwards, the social and political configuration of the world was transformed forever. Nowadays, there is fierce ideological opposition expressed mainly with the resounding sentence “nothing to celebrate” in reference to 12 October. Eduardo Galeano is frequently quoted to give a literary patina to the black-legendary ideological message. It is also common to come across the term “genocide” to describe Spain’s relationship with America. The spread of this perspective is so widespread and so vehemently stated that it seems to have become a majority opinion. But is this perception accurate, does it correspond to the Spanish imperial reality, was there plundering and destruction of the indigenous people, was there miscegenation and a civilising action worthy of celebration?
Project: 11. Science and culture as representation in Europe., 6. Under a cloak of terror: violence and armed conflict in Europe.
Chronology: XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI
Scope: Primary Education, Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University
Resource type: Video
Owner: Carlos Vega Gómez (Modernalia)
Copyright: © Academia Play
Abstract: Video debate on the Black Legend