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black legend at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Stories from the Spanish colonies in the Americas that led to the general belief, eagerly endorsed by such rivals as Britain and Holland, that Spain exceeded other nations in cruelty to its subject populations. The 16th-17th-cent. historians B. de Las Casas and G. de la Vega documented the treatment of the Indians in New Spain (Mexico and Guatemala) and Peru, respectively, and laid the foundation for the legend. Though Spain may not actually have surpassed other colonial powers in cruelty, the Spanish conquest clearly resulted in rapid depopulation and great suffering for indigenous peoples.

Black Legend at English (WD) Of Explained:



The term was calqued from Inter: etyl » es, where it was coined as Inter: term » Leyenda Negra by Julián Juderías in his 1914 book La leyenda negra y la verdad histórica (The Black Legend and Historical Truth).

Proper noun

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  • The depiction of Spain and Spaniards (or, by extension, all Hispanics and their countries of origin) as bloodthirsty and cruel, greedy and fanatical.

    See also

    * White Legend