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Apologies, Now and Then: Conquest and Reconciliation

By MATT SEDDON     Rector of Christ Church Mexico City     In 1514, five years before Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of what is now México, the first Spanish priest ordained in the Americas, Bartolomé de las Casas, realized something was terribly wrong. He had benefited from the Spanish colonial encomienda system, which granted the labor of natives to the Spanish.

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