Reading the epilogue to Book 10 of the First Decade written in 1511 by Peter Martyr D'Anghiera, I came across this passage:
Let us now return to the new countries, from which we have wandered. These countries are very numerous, diversified, and fertile; neither Saturn nor Hercules nor any hero of antiquity who set out for the discovery or conquest of unknown lands, excelled the exploits of our contemporary Spaniards.
I am having trouble determining whether "excelled the exploits of our contemporary Spaniards" paints the Spaniards in negative or positive light. Is he simply saying no one did a better job at conquering land than the Spaniards?