Dang...I thought you were going to initiate a discussion about the Spanish conquest of the new world.
For me, one of the side benefits of learning Spanish is that it has caused me to become interested in and study all of that history that we were taught (incompletely, inaccurately, or at least heavily sanitized) in school all those years ago. I have been reading a little book called "The Early Spanish Reader" lately, and part of the book is a condensed history of Mexico, from the arrival Cortés forward. Problem is, every time I read a story my mind goes to the song "Cortez the Killer" by Niel Young.
A few weeks ago I saw Randy Newman perform on PBS. He sang "Political Science," which has a verse that goes:
Asia's crowded and Europe's too old
Africa is far too hot
And Canada's too cold
And South America stole our name
Let's drop the big one
There'll be no one left to blame us
I laughed when I thought about the fact that us North Americans were the ones who did the stealing. The new world was named after Americus Vespucci, who did all of his exploring in South America. Us folks north of the equator are lucky that we are not called something related to the Vikings (and we know what kind of subterfuge Erik the Red engaged in while naming Iceland and Greenland.) Or if naming rights went to Spaniards, I guess we should be named
after Giovanni Caboto (a guy that practically no one ever heard of).
Sorry to hijack your thread, Steven, but I feel lots better now getting all of that out there.
Tenga un feliz diá del trabajo!