Excerpt from International Relations of the United States, Vol. 56: The Annals; July 1914 Leaving Portuguese Brazil aside for the moment, the Spaniards through their superior qualities and education over those of the native and mixed races have naturally been the governing class of the spanish-american provinces. They came among a mild, barbarous people whom they practically enslaved and who have remained till now almost without education or uplift in economic condition. They have remained as ignorant as the Spanish peasant himself remained for ages, the tool of warring factions in Spain as in Mexico, for be it re membered that Spain through a great part of the nineteenth century was torn by revolution and factional slaughter as Mexico is today. Our minister to Spain, Caleb Cushing, of distinguished ability, wide observation and intimate knowledge of the country could say of Spain in a dispatch dated J uly 11, 1876.
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