- Nov 2012
Yes, and also, the delights of the Spanish culture, such as torture of the heretics. The last auto-da-fé was performed in Mexico in 1850.But it's the religious zealotry that often drives colonisation. The 'State' uses these zealots as 'footsoldiers' to cover the ground. Just as islamic forces sent out preachers in the 7th and 8th centuries to spread the word and obtain what was all in all a very rapid 'spread' through N Africa and Hispania. And Catholic missionaries of whatever type played a huge role in expanding Imperial Spain.
I wonder if the "delights" of modern animal torture, such as torro embolado, Toro embolado - Wikipedia, a nauseating game popular in Southern Spain and Hispanic countries, had origins in auto-da-fé procedure?
Of course Spanish colonies fared worse than the British ones, after all, even in XXI century, in modern Spain, torture of animals is institutionalized. How do you expect them to treat poor pagans in old times?