At the 500th anniversary of the Conquest of Tenochtitlan, Vox has registered two initiatives in Congress to demand that the Spanish government organize tributes to the figure of Hernán Cortés and that Mexico be forced to guarantee the arrangement of his tomb, in a church in the capital.
On the eve of Columbus Day and at a time when the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, demands that Spain apologize for colonization, Vox 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.
“There was abuse, yes”
Vox admits that “the Spanish presence in America, especially in its earliest phase, was not without abuses”, but stresses that that campaign gave way to a new society which, added to the rest of the domains of Spain, 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 over the Spanish presence in America.
For all these reasons, “it is considered absolutely necessary that the competent institutions promote, disseminate, promote and enhance important figures and events in the country’s history, since a town that does not know its history is condemned to disappear “, he argues.
In that sense, in one of its initiatives, to which Europa Press has had access, Vox urges the Spanish 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. “
Tomb of Hernán Cortés
And in another non-law proposal, also intended for debate in the Culture Commission, the government is called upon to “carry out the necessary diplomatic procedures before the Mexican Executive in order to proceed with the cleaning and adequate marking 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.