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It would difficult, if not impossible, to understand this complex and revolutionary event without first firmly placing it within its historical context. We get to start in media res by thrilling to the phenomenal risks and intrepid exploits of the European explorers as they bet it all and dared to sail over the edge of the world where monsters be, only later to be appalled by the ruthless and bloody slaughter of the native people and the boundless greed that devoured gold as if from a slop trough and fettered, abused and exploited “lesser” beings for material gain and a desperate grasp for glory. But the anti-heroes in this tale did not spring fully formed from the head of Zeus, but rather were forged by some Iberian Vulcan in their centuries-long journey from ancient Rome and Carthage, through a dark collapse and subsequent subjugation to the enlightened nomadic followers of Allah, until finally united in Christian rule under the Reyes Catolicos, where they wrested their peninsula back from the infidels by drenching their arms in blood up to the elbow. Yet we cannot allow all this s…