But I think it's time to find something else to celebrate in October, as I'm sick of having the day off in the name of a shameless, murderous, tyrant. Aren't you?
I'm sure you've heard by now -- your first grade elementary history lessons were crap - lies your teacher told you in order to perpetuate a fairytale that Columbus was a hero.
To get a taste of Christopher Columbus' real character, It's best to hear the story in his own words. So let's start with this journal entry, written by Columbus himself. (Source: Howard Zinn's, A People's History of the United States).
The entry is Columbus' reaction to the innocence, and hospitality of the indigenous Arawak population of his `new world'.
When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:
"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-built, 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."
"As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts."
The information that Columbus wanted most was: Where is the gold?
The Indians, Columbus reported, "are so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no. To the contrary, they offer to share with anyone...." He concluded his report by asking for a little help from their Majesties, and in return he would bring them from his next voyage "as much gold as they need . . .
Because of Columbus's exaggerated report and promises, his second expedition was given seventeen ships and more than twelve hundred men. The aim was clear: slaves and gold.
The Caribbean had no gold, but in Columbus' eyes it had slaves aplenty.
In 1495, they captured 1,500 Arawak men, women, and children, chose the 500 best specimans for the Spanish slave market and loaded them onto ships. By the time they got to Europe, 200 of them died. The remaining 300 were sold at auction.
Being a holy man, Columbus later wrote: "Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold."
Ah, yes, in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Ghost, please let the slavery endure.
It should be noted that, as viceroy of Santo Domingo, the capital of today's Dominican Republic , Columbus forbid the baptism of the natives so that they may be preserved for slavery.
Additionally, Columbus and his cronies..."ordered all persons fourteen years or older to collect a certain quantity of gold every three months. When they brought it, they were given copper tokens to hang around their necks. Indians found without a copper token had their hands cut off and bled to death."
Since there was no gold, there were no copper tokens. Thus, the genocide began.
The Indians had been given an impossible task. The only gold around was bits of dust garnered from the streams. So they fled, were hunted down with dogs, and were killed.
Trying to put together an army of resistance, the Arawaks faced Spaniards who had armor, muskets, swords, horses. When the Spaniards took prisoners they hanged them or burned them to death. Among the Arawaks, mass suicides began, with cassava poison. Infants were killed to save them from the Spaniards. In two years, through murder, mutilation, or suicide, half of the 250,000 Indians on Haiti were dead.
When it became clear that there was no gold left, the Indians were taken as slave labor on huge estates, known later as encomiendas. They were worked at a ferocious pace, and died by the thousands. By the year 1515, there were perhaps fifty thousand Indians left. By 1550, there were five hundred. A report of the year 1650 shows none of the original Arawaks or their descendants left on the island."
What a dick. And even more amazingly, We here in the US aren't the only fools who officially recognize a holiday for this clown. Indeed, those countries that were pilfered, molested and destroyed by him also show him special appreciation.
United States >> Columbus Day
In many countries in the Americas >> Día de la Raza
In the Bahamas >> Discovery Day
Uruguay >> Día de las Américas
Christopher Columbus was a despot who ruled his subjects with an iron fist, according to documents which have emerged 500 years after his death.
The man who discovered America for Europe routinely tortured slaves and starved his subjects in colonies on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.
Within the documents were witness accounts of a "... poor boy who was caught stealing wheat grain. They cut off his ears and nose and put shackles on him and made him a slave. Columbus ran the colony with an iron fist.
"One woman happened to say that Columbus came from a working-class family and that his father had been a weaver. Columbus's brother Bartholme had her tongue cut out, after parading her naked through the streets on a donkey. Christopher congratulated his brother on defending the family honour."
Recall that Ferdinand and Isabella established the Spanish Inquisition which was responsible for several thousand executions and even more acts of torture. And these pesple thought Columbus was cruel?
That says something.
KEYWORDS: Christopher Columbus, Tyrants, Genocide, Arawak, History
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