I'm not saying the conquistadors, colonizers in India, et al. were saints but again I feel like I'm reading some lefty academic's screed against dead white males.
If you got all that from my one-liner, I don't think you got it from my one-liner.
I can't speak for China and Japan, nor did I address Latin America. But it's a fact that the Portuguese missionaries took what was a single Church in India, with an unbroken history of over fifteen hundred years, and divided it through "Uniate" tactics (including, in addition to the usual, the translation/implementation of the Roman Missal into Syriac as a stepping stone for Latin), force of weapons, terrorism (e.g., the "mysterious" disappearance of every bishop we requested from the Middle East as soon as he arrived on our shores, followed some time later by the discovery of his corpse, drowned, washed up on the shore), book burnings, confiscation of properties, fabrication of legends (e.g., that when the Portuguese landed, the Christians asked for the name of the "bishop in Rome who wears white" because they had no knowledge of his name to include it in their Masses, but they always prayed for him because they were "under him", etc.), judicious use of resources to "buy" converts, and so on. By the time the British arrived in India to gift us with Protestantism, we were already divided and ripe for more. And it's the gift that keeps on giving...
If the Aztecs were horrible, they were horrible, I don't know one way or another about that history...Apocalypto
was enough to make me glad that I wasn't around those parts. And I think people abandoning the worship of idols and false gods for the sake of Christ is always a good thing. But the actual Indians, as opposed to what the European explorers thought were Indians, were not such a violent, godless people. They already had the gospel, the Scriptures, the sacraments, apostolic succession, the orthodox faith, etc. But the Europeans were not much better in their treatment of this group than they were with actual heathens. I'm not one to make leftist screeds against dead white males. I have love and respect for many white males, dead or alive. I love the dead white men that helped found the USA, for example. I just have no love for the dead white men that raped my Church and abandoned her to deal with the results, and blamed her for it.