Take That, Cristoforo!

Columbus' quincentennial provokes protests throughout Latin America

IN THE U.S., THE CONTROVERSY HAD RAGED SO long and so intensely before the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discov . . . err, voyage to the New World that the actual day passed almost unnoticed last week. Not so in Latin America, where Native Americans constitute a majority of the population in a few countries and a large minority in others, and where cultural tensions between ( Indians, mixed-bloods and descendants of the conquistadores have long been severe. Two groups of native peoples from nearly opposite ends of the hemisphere -- Alaska and Peru -- met at the Teotihuacan pyramids outside...

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