Christopher Columbus is hailed as a hero in the western world. He is celebrated in America with the distinguished honor of having his own holiday. The facts are that he never set foot on American soil and was lost at sea when he landed in the Caribbean. There are many who call him the “Father of Slavery”!
More to the point, he is credited with destroying the indigenous people on the island where he landed. He was such a heathen that he justified rape, murder, did pillage claiming religion and funded his efforts with whatever he could steal.
Therefore, more and more Americans are now learning the real history behind Christopher Columbus’s legacy and so-called “discovery.” Many are choosing not to participate or celebrate this day; cities and states across the country have shifted away from celebrating Columbus Day. Particularly Native American’s and most certainly African American’s!
It is clear, and the truth revealed that Columbus didn’t discover the Americas, despite what you may have been taught in school, which is just another lie. Thanks to archeological evidence, we know now that there were many other groups who traveled to the Americas long before Columbus did.
In fact, people from Africa traveled to the America’s regularly. Even other white people like the Vikings had settlements in what are now Greenland and Newfoundland. Also, DNA evidence proves that Polynesians came to South America almost a century before Columbus sailed the ocean blue. So, Columbus’ “discovery” of the Americas wasn’t really a discovery at all.
Ok, enough about the so-called discovery and all the made up lies. Let’s talk about the man, the criminal, himself, and what he did to the indigenous peoples that he found when he arrived in the New World.
When Columbus set sail in 1492, he was on the hunt for gold to bring back to Europe, and eventually landed on an island known as Hispaniola, which today is the home of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Unfortunately, Columbus didn’t discover much gold on Hispaniola, but he did find something as good as it, if not better; he made the people slaves.
When Columbus discovered the Taino indigenous peoples of Hispaniola, he wrote back to the Spanish monarchs funding his voyage, saying that:
“They are 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. Here there are so many of these slaves…although they are living things they are as good as gold…”
Over time, Columbus’ real actions in the Americas have been replaced by a warm-and-fuzzy coloring book story of a bold and brave explorer who set out to discover a new world. But in reality, as we have learned from writings of Christopher Columbus’ own men, the “bold explorer” raped, pillaged, enslaved and slaughtered people just to get rich.
There are some historians who say Columbus eventually started up a global child-sex-slave trade, shipping off Indians to all corners of the globe. He even bragged about it to a friend in a letter written in 1500, saying that, “A hundred Castellanos (a Spanish coin) are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten (years old) are now in demand.”
Under Columbus’ rule, life for the Taino people became so bad that they resorted to mass suicide. Twenty-five years after Columbus had arrived in Hispaniola, the Spanish missionary Pedro Cordoba wrote that,
“As a result of the suffering and hard labor they endured, the Indians choose and have chosen suicide. Occasionally a hundred have committed mass suicide. The women, exhausted by labor, have shunned conception and childbirth. Many, when pregnant, have taken something to abort and have aborted. Others after delivery have killed their children with their own hands, so as not to leave them in such oppressive slavery.”
Prior to Columbus’ arrival in the New World, scholars place the population of Haiti/Hispaniola at around 1.5 to 3 million people. By 1496, it was down to 1.1 million, according to a census done by Bartholomew Columbus, Columbus’ brother. By 1516, the indigenous population was at 12,000, and by 1542, fewer than 200 natives were alive on Hispaniola. By 1555, every single native was dead. Every last one!
It’s time to put the shameful history of Columbus and his enslavement and murder of Native Americans behind us – and start celebrating the indigenous peoples who called the Americas home long before Columbus ever set sail. Some kinda hero!!! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…