“Humanity owes eternal gratitude to the Spanish Monarchy, since the multitude of scientific expeditions that it has financed has made possible the extension of geographic knowledge.”
Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)

“If I had twenty lives, I would be ready to immolate them for the Catholic religion and for the King of Spain.”

Agustín Agualongo (1780-1824)

“The Spanish were not only the first conquerors of the New World, and its first colonizers, but also its first civilizers. They built the first cities, opened the first churches, schools, and universities; brought the first printing-presses, made the first books; wrote the first dictionaries, histories, and geographies, and brought the first missionaries; […] One of the wonderful things about this Spanish pioneering […] was the humane and progressive spirit which marked it from first to last.”

Charles F. Lummis (1859-1928)

“There is a superior moment in the human species: Spain from 1500 to 1700.”

Hippolyte Taine (1828-1893)