None of this denies the suffering of indigenous people at the hands of Hernán Cortes or George Custer, or that the heritage of Native Americans should be celebrated. It is an unmistakeable part of the Latin American identity and deserves a role in Hispanic Heritage Month, if we choose to entertain that concept. But to deny that Spain– and Columbus in particular– also deserve an outsized role in the celebration of Hispanic and Christian American culture is to simplify history for convenience. There is room for both.