Thinking About “Latin America” and elsewhere

Thinking About “Latin America” and elsewhere

“America” is named for an Italian navigator who was in the pay of Spain
In speaking of what we call “Latin America”
it was Spain most particularly
and the Catholic Church most conspicuously
that inflicted so much pain
on their colonial subjects
a subject that is ever relevant
in the unending aftermath
of that time
and those crimes

Other countries with big navies
did no less
of course
in their colonial fervors
(Belgium in the Congo comes to mind)
doing the indigenes no favors
in bringing them “Civilization”

It was the beginning
of the Big Ripoff
which continues unabated to this day
Is there no other way
than the rape and pillage
the looting and plunder
tearing people, peoples and the planet asunder?
Unfortunately, we are in this together
Together, we will go under

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land: 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: 5. Rio Marañon: 6. Rio Grande:
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