As beautiful as colonisers’ buildings are, such as the cathedral in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru, to use the  the term “colonial charm” glosses over the blood spilt and destruction wrought in their creation, a travel writer says. Photo: Shutterstock
As beautiful as colonisers’ buildings are, such as the cathedral in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru, to use the the term “colonial charm” glosses over the blood spilt and destruction wrought in their creation, a travel writer says. Photo: Shutterstock
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Why ‘colonial charm’ should not be expunged from the lexicon despite the death and destruction perpetrated by colonisers that it glosses over

  • ‘Colonialism isn’t something to celebrate,’ a travel writer said while making the case that people like him should stop using the term ‘colonial charm’
  • Destinations Known reckons that is going too far. The term draws wealthy tourists from erstwhile coloniser countries, whose spending is a form of restitution

As beautiful as colonisers’ buildings are, such as the cathedral in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru, to use the  the term “colonial charm” glosses over the blood spilt and destruction wrought in their creation, a travel writer says. Photo: Shutterstock
As beautiful as colonisers’ buildings are, such as the cathedral in the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru, to use the the term “colonial charm” glosses over the blood spilt and destruction wrought in their creation, a travel writer says. Photo: Shutterstock
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