Black Legend

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-century historians Bartolomé de Las Casas and Garcilaso 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 reduced the numbers of indigenous peoples rapidly and caused them great suffering.

* * *

▪ Spanish history
Spanish  Leyenda Negra 

      term indicating an unfavourable image of Spain and Spaniards, accusing them of cruelty and intolerance, formerly prevalent in the works of many non-Spanish, and especially Protestant, historians. Primarily associated with criticism of 16th-century Spain and the anti-Protestant policies of King Philip II (reigned 1556–98), the term was popularized by the Spanish historian Julián Juderías in his book La Leyenda Negra (1914; “The Black Legend”).

      The Black Legend remained particularly strong in the United States throughout the 19th century. It was kept alive by the Mexican War (Mexican-American War) of 1846 and the subsequent need to deal with a Spanish-speaking but mixed-race population within its borders. The legend reached its peak during the Spanish-American War of 1898, when a new edition of Bartolomé de las Casas (Las Casas, Bartolomé de)'s book on the destruction of the West Indies was published.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Black Legend — est un groupe de musique italien issu de la collaboration des DJ Enrico Ferrari et Ciro Sasso et du chanteur britannique Elroy Spoonface Powell. You See The Trouble With Me remporta un fort succès, la chanson a utilisé un extrait d un concert de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Black Legend — The Black Legend ( es. La Leyenda Negra) is a term coined by Julián Juderías in his 1914 book La leyenda negra y la verdad histórica ( The Black Legend and Historical Truth ), to describe the depiction of Spain and Spaniards as cruel , intolerant …   Wikipedia

  • Black Legend — Chartplatzierungen Erklärung der Daten Singles You See the Trouble with Me   UK 1 14.05.2000 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Black Legend — noun The anti Hispanic Black Legend (Spanish: Leyenda Negra) is the depiction of Spain and Spaniards as bloodthirsty and cruel, greedy and fanatical with the intention of defaming the country of Spain and its inhabitants. The term was later… …   Wiktionary

  • Black Legend (music) — Black Legend is a collaboration between Italian DJs and producers Enrico Ferrari, Ciro Sasso and British vocalist Elroy Spoonface Powell.Black Legend s You See the Trouble with Me reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in June 2000. A follow up… …   Wikipedia

  • Black Legend (software publisher) — Black Legend was an Amiga and PC games publisher, based first in Switzerland, then in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, and finally in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England. Formed in 1993, Black Legend published a number of hits, including Football… …   Wikipedia

  • Black Legend (disambiguation) — Black Legend can refer to:* La Leyenda Negra , the presumed negative stereotype of Spaniards in the Early Modern era. * Légende noire , the presumed ecological devastation from French peasants freed from the Ancien Régime s obligations after the… …   Wikipedia

  • black — blackish, adj. blackishly, adv. blackishness, n. /blak/, adj., blacker, blackest, n., v., adv. adj. 1. lacking hue and brightness; absorbing light without reflecting any of the rays composing it. 2. characterized by absence of light; enveloped in …   Universalium

  • Black — /blak/, n. 1. Hugo Lafayette, 1886 1971, U.S. political official: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1937 71. 2. Joseph, 1728 99, Scottish physician and chemist. 3. Shirley Temple. See Temple, Shirley. * * * (as used in expressions)… …   Universalium

  • Legend Films — Legend Films, Inc., now officially renamed as Legend3D, Inc. Type Private Industry Film and Television Founded August 2001 Founder(s) Barry B. Sandrew, Ph.D …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.