Mexican textbook causes a stir

Government-published world history textbook leaves out the Spanish Conquest

A new sixth-grade world history textbook is causing a stir in Mexico because it leaves out any mention of the Spanish Conquest.

Few events have shaped Mexico’s culture, ethnicity and history more than the 1521 conquest.

But it doesn’t appear in the government-published world history text, which ends in the age of exploration with a reference to the rising world powers of Spain and Portugal.

Assistant Education Secretary Fernando Gonzalez told the Mexican newspaper El Universal on Monday there was no intention of covering up the Spain’s brutal conquest of indigenous societies. He says middle-school history texts would address the topic.

But some academics want at least a mention included.

– The Canadian Press