Textbook sparks furor in Mexico

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A row has erupted in Mexico after the government distributed a history textbook to primary schools which makes no mention of the Spanish conquest.

The chronology of the text neatly avoids the issue by ending before the Spanish arrived in the early 1500s.

Some opposition figures have seized on what they see as a calculated omission.

The arrival of the conquistadors resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of indigenous people and the colonisation of Mexico.

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John D. Beatty - 8/26/2009

Ummm..if the entire book ends before 1500, what's the problem? Should our WWII textbooks include chapters on Korea, Vietnam, the Malay Emergency and the Gulf Wars because, without them the story is incomplete?

Am I missing something here?