The real Columbus… I don’t think it takes very much critical thinking to realize that Columbus did not “discover” America. He landed on a continent that had already been “discovered”, as there were already settlers there. Settlers, that by Columbus’ own description in his journals described as
“As I saw that they were very friendly to us, and perceived that they could be much more easily converted to our holy faith by gentle means than by force”…. “They all go completely naked, even the women, though I saw but one girl. All whom I saw were young, not above thirty years of age, well made, with fine shapes and faces; their hair short, and coarse like that of a horse’s tail”… “Weapons they have none, nor are acquainted with them, for I showed them swords which they grasped by the blades, and cut themselves through ignorance” …. “It appears to me, that the people are ingenious, and would be good servants and I am of opinion that they would very readily become Christians, as they appear to have no religion.” … “they are artless and generous with what they have, to such a degree as no one would believe but him who had seen it. Of anything they have, if it be asked for, they never say no, but do rather invite the person to accept it, and show as much lovingness as though they would give their hearts.”…
This voyage, contrary to most history books taught in indoctrination camps – ie. public schools, was not set out to prove the earth was round. It was set about for political and financial reasons, mainly to find gold. And he did find gold. As on April 17, 1492, before his first voyage to the Americas, Columbus negotiated a business contract with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, entitling him to 10% of all profits. In this contract, the Spanish sovereigns agreed:
…”that of all and every kind of merchandise, whether pearls, precious stones, gold, silver, spices, and other objects and merchandise whatsoever, of whatever kind, name and sort, which may be bought, bartered, discovered, acquired and obtained within the limits of the said Admiralty, Your Highnesses grant from now henceforth to the said Don Cristóbal [Christopher Columbus] … the tenth part of the whole, after deducting all the expenses which may be incurred therein.”
This is one reason I get a bad taste in my mouth when people of a specific “religion” tries to convert everyone to what they believe… Beginning in 1514, Spanish conquerors adopted an ultimatum in which Indians were forced to accept “the Church as the Ruler and Superior of the whole world” or face persecution. If Indians did not immediately comply, this ultimatum warned them:
“We shall take you and your wives and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as their Highnesses may command; and we shall take away your goods, and shall do all the harm and damage that we can.”
This is just an early on example of people doing evil deeds in the name of religion. It still continues today.
If you have not seen this episode of The Young Turks, it is a good one describing what has been found in Columbus’ journals describing him beating, maiming and raping the natives he found. It is sad and disturbing to think we have a holiday named after this monster, in which we not only condone, but celebrate these actions.