The untold story of Christopher Columbus

Below is a log report of Columbus as he first landed on the Americas. Which includes his first encounter with the natives of the island:

“They…brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned.. They were well-build, with good bodies and handsome features…   They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane…They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

Howard Zinn, the author that cited the above in his book: ‘A people’s history of the United States.’ Makes the relevant comment:

“These traits did not stand out in Europe of the Renaissance  dominated as it was by the religion of popes,  the government of kings, the frenzy for money that marked Western civilization and its first messenger to the Americas, Christopher Columbus.”

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2 Comments

  1. January 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm

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  2. Al Hittin said,

    January 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Apart from the fact that he was a colonial criminal, the man was also an anti-Islamic bigot.

    He wrote in his journal:

    … On the second day of January I saw Your Highnesses’ royal banners placed by force of arms on the towers of the Alhambra … Your Highness, as Catholic Christians and princes who love and promote the holy Christian faith, and are enemies of the doctrine of Muhammad, and of all idolatry and heresy, determined to send me, Christopher Columbus, to the above-mentioned countries of India, to see the said princes, people, and territories, and to learn their disposition and the proper method of converting them to our holy faith; and furthermore directed that I should not process by the land to the east, as is customary, but by a westrly route, in which direction we have hitherto no certain evidence that anyone has gone.

    – Entry from the Journal of Christopher Columbus on his voyage of 1492


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