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Arawaks and Columbus

  • Date Submitted: 11/19/2011 07:04 PM
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Arawaks and Columbus
Set off to find India, Columbus came to find himself in present day Caribbean Islands. He was lost. Yet when he encountered the Indigenous population he was accepted with humble hospitality, gifts, and items needed to help his men survive which was repaid with genocide and enslavement. When Columbus the explorer came in search of gold he found a kind people known as the Arawaks, taking their kindness as a weakness, he and his followers sought to fill their greed for gold, land, and slaves. Oppressing a precious people they continued their conquest.
Zinn Howard, activist and writer states in his book “A Peoples History of the United States” They willingly traded everything they owned.... They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features....” (Zinn page1) Columbus coming to this new world brought on tragic effects. For the cause of greed these foreigners took this peaceful people into enslavement.
Wanting gold, Columbus and his followers took by force everything in their ability within their first encounters. “The first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force” (Zinn page1) only beginning with the taking of a people also all in the name of their God they justified their actions. Columbus would follow his dictating actions with such phrases as: "Thus the eternal God, our Lord, gives victory to those who follow His way over apparent impossibilities." He did his persecutions in the name of the Creator.  
Columbus promised the king and queen slaves resulting in the extinction of those slaves, the Arawaks. Through enslavement these foreigners committed genocide. From the harsh conditions of captivity many perished. Within less than three decades, over three million Arawaks ceased to exist. Torturing tactics of the strangers that the Arawaks humbly welcomed brought forth ultimately their end.
The Indians, Columbus reported, "are so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them...


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