PBS’s Special On Spain’s Colonization Of Florida Sidelines Real History For Politics

The Federalist | 1/9/2018 | Mike Gonzalez
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Teachers often ignore the Spanish colonization of Florida. That’s too bad. Taught correctly, it could instill patriotism in many Americans. But that’s not what PBS did when it finally brought this history to “viewers like you.” It presented instead a tendentious, revisionist version intended only to depict America as racist and oppressive.

Indeed, “Secrets of Spanish Florida,” a documentary PBS stations showed between Christmas and New Year and part of the “Secrets of the Dead” series produced by WNET in New York, proved little more than another exercise in hijacking history. It’s one more sign we can’t trust taxpayer-funded PBS even when it occasionally tries its hand at its original remit: educating audiences. The broadcaster has fully signed up to the cultural Marxist presentation of history as an eternal struggle between society’s privileged and its victims.

Reading - Conquistadors - St - Augustine - Florida

In this reading, the Spanish conquistadors who in 1565 founded St. Augustine in Florida, the first European settlement in North America, become members of the victims group. How can PBS do that? Because the conquistadors can be presented as a preferred alternative to the apparently awful reality we have had instead for the past 453 years.

Apparently they, and not the Pilgrims or the 1776 generation, were the real American Founding Fathers. As historian Jane Landers asserts in the documentary, “If you really wanted to look at the founding fathers, you’d look a lot earlier, and you’d look south.”

Point - Drives - Home - Don - Alvaro

It’s a point the documentary drives home again and again. Don Alvaro Armada Barcaiztegui, the Count of Guemes, can justifiably take pride in being descended from the lead conquistador, or Adelantado, Pedro Menendez de Aviles. But the Spanish nobleman incorrectly boasts, “Pedro Menendez and the people who went with him—they are really the fathers of the United States, the true fathers of the United States.”

Nor is the narrator right...
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