Lies my Teacher told me about Christopher Columbus
By James Loewen
( Spanish Told Natives)
Source From 500 Years of Indigenous and popular resistance campaign.
Guatemala committee for peasant unity. 1990.
I implore you to recognize the church as a lady and in the name of the Pope take the King as lord of this land and obey his mandates. If you do not do it, I tell you that with the help of God I will enter powerfully against you all. I will make war everywhere and every way that I can. I will subject you to the yoke and obedience to the church and to his Majesty. I will take your women and children and make them slaves?The death and injuries that you will receive from here on will be your own fault and not that of his majesty nor of the gentlemen that accompany me.
In 1500, A hundred Castellanoes (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 are now in demand.
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By Christopher Columbus
Published by www.snowballpublishing.com 2013
As soon as I came to the Indies, at the first Island I discovered I seized some Natives, intending them to inquire and inform me about things in these parts.
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In this island of Hispaniola I have taken possession of a large town which is most conveniently situated for the goldfields.
Pg 120 Christopher Columbus.
When the infantry squadrons of both armies had attacked the mass of Indians, and they had begun to break under the fire of muskets and crossbows, the cavalry and hunting dogs charged wildly upon them to prevent them re-forming. The Indians fled like cowards in all directions, and our men pursued them, killing so many.
Pg 189 Hernando Colon ( Christopher Columbus?s son)
The terms of the agreement set out in the next chapter (81) guarantee the return of Roldan and his followers to Castile in two ships to be provided by the Admiral. Their seaworthiness would be approved by competent sailors, and they were to depart from the port of Jaragua suitably stocked with provisions. The exact amounts of bread and flour were specified. The returning settlers were to be confirmed in all their possessions, including the slaves that had been granted them, and were to take back all woman pregnant by them and all their children.
Pg 249 Hernando Colon (Christopher Columbus?s son)
(Christopher Columbus is arrested and put in chains)
Beginning of October arrested the Admiral and his brother Don Diego, sending them aboard ship where he put them in chains and under a strong guard, ordering that no one, under the severest penalties, should even speak of them.
Pg 263 Hernando Colon (Christopher Columbus?s son)
The cost of a woman is 100 Castellanos, the same as that of a farm. The trade is very common and there are now many merchants who go about looking for girls, some of ages nine or ten are now on demand, but whatever their age they command a good price.
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(Spain allows Columbus to sail on a fourth voyage, but is not allowed to be governor.) ?In dealing with his crew he must think of them as royal servants and he must on NO account bring back slaves.
March 14 15022 written letter Majesties
(Spain takes away Columbus?s right to land ownership and Columbus is poor.) ?I have not the money to pay the bill. Another sorrow tore at my very heart and that was grief for my son Don Diego, whom I had left an orphan in Spain, stripped of the honors and estates that should have been mine.?
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On my arrival they sent me two magnificently attired girls, the elder of whom could not have been more than eleven and the other seven. Both were so shameless that they might have been whores.
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(Christopher Columbus asks for pardon)
I beg your highness pardon. I am ruined, as I have said, till now I have wept for others. May heaven now have pity on me and earth weep for me of worldly possessions I have not even a farthing to offer for my spirits good.
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The Diario of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage to America, 1492-1493 (American Exploration & Travel Series, Vol 70) By Christopher Columbus. Translated by Oliver Dunn and James E. Kelley
Published by University of Oklahoma Press: Norman and London
These people are very gentle.
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With 50 men all of them could be held in subjection and can be made to do whatever one might wish.
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Oct 22 1492
For it is true that any little thing given to them, as well as our coming, they considered great marvels, and they believed that we had come from the heavens.
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Nov 6 1492
Indians touched them and kissed their hands and feet, marveling and believing that the Spaniards came from the heavens.
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Nov 12 1492
They Natives are very gentle and do not know what evil is, nor do they kill others, nor steal, and they are without weapons and so timid that a hundred of them flee from one of our men.
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Dec 21 1492
The admiral says, he cannot believe that any man has seen such good hearted people, so open in giving and so fearful that all of them out do themselves in order to give the Christians all that they have, and when the Christians arrive they run to bring everything.
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Jan 10 1493
The Admiral says that martin alonso had made rules that half the gold that was gotten or battered for would be for him. And when he was to leave that place he took four Indian men and to young girls by force.
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Jan 13 1493
Attack the Indians and they gave one Indian a great blow with a sword on the buttocks and another they wounded in the chest with a crossbow shot.
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Jan 14 1493
He would have liked to send men tonight to look for the houses of those Indians to capture some of them.
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The Next 500 Years by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson
In 1500,A hundred Castellanoes (Spanish Coin) are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general about there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from the ages 9 and 10 are now in demand, and for all ages a good price must be paid.
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Encyclopedia of American Indian History Volume 1
By Bruce E Johansen and Barry M Pritzker
The Spanish cut off the legs of children who ran from them. They poured people full of boiling soap. They made bets as to who, with one sweep of his sword could cut a person in half. They loosed dogs that devoured an Indian like a hog.