Excerpt from Popery and the United States: Embracing an Account of Papal Operations in Our Country, With a View of the Dangers Which Threaten Our Institutions
Spain, at the time of the conquests achieved by Cortez, Pizarro and other distinguished generals, was at the height o... f her power and was capable of rendering the most important aid to her colo nies. But it was not long before the powers of Europe began to perceive, that the experiments of Protestantism and popery, as elements of civilization, were fast developing the strength Of the former and the weakness of the latter. The nations founded by the Romanists seemed destitute of enterprise; and not only a Spiritual, but a political, deadness pervaded them. In the arts and sciences, in commerce, manufactures and internal improve ments, they made little or no progress. They have had their revolutions as well as we but their changes of government have been little better than throwing off one yoke, to receive another equally galling and Oppressive. Even at the present time, their republics are rocked by internal convulsions, and the mass of the people is degraded by ignorance and vice.
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