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Happy Columbus Day!
Oct 8th, 2018 at 6:20am
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Anyone else remember when we used to celebrate this day as a nation?

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Re: Happy Columbus Day!
Reply #1 - Oct 8th, 2018 at 6:26am
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crepe05 wrote on Oct 8th, 2018 at 6:20am:
Anyone else remember when we used to celebrate this day as a nation?

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What if the vikings discovered America first?

Maybe we were celebrating for nothing? Grin

Why do we care about the glory of Spain? Grin
  

All throughout our American history, world history, "ordinary people can do extraordinary things"


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In his journal, Columbus didn’t mince words about his intentions after meeting the Arawak natives in the Bahamas in 1492. He described the encounter thusly: “They ... brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things ... 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.” Columbus would add: “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.”


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Columbus had two goals in the Caribbean: to find gold and slaves. Columbus returned home to Spain and came back to the Caribbean with 17 ships and 1,200 men. His men traveled from island to island, taking Indians as captives. In 1495, in a large slave raid, Columbus and his men rounded up 1,500 Arawak men, women, and children, and put them in pens. They selected what they considered the best natives and loaded them onto ships back to Spain. Two hundred died en route. After the survivors were sold as slaves in Spain, Columbus later wrote: "Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold."


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But slaves weren’t enough for Columbus or the Spanish monarchy. Columbus needed to bring back gold. Columbus and his crew believed there were gold fields in the province of Cicao on Haiti. He and his men ordered all natives 14 years or older to collect a certain amount of gold every three months. Natives who didn’t collect enough gold had their hands cut off. But it was an impossible tasks. There was virtually no gold around; only a little dust in streams. Many natives fled and were consequently hunted down and killed by the Spaniards.


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If captivity and death weren’t enough, Columbus and his men had a particular reputation for cruelty. Bartolome de las Casas, a young priest who participated in the conquest of Cuba and wrote a history of the Indies, describes the treatment of the natives: “Endless testimonies ... prove the mild and pacific temperament of the natives. ... But our work was to exasperate, ravage, kill, mangle and destroy; small wonder, then, if they tried to kill one of us now and then.... The admiral, it is true, was blind as those who came after him, and he was so anxious to please the King that he committed irreparable crimes against the Indians ...“ Las Casas describes how Spaniards rode on the backs of natives. How the Spaniards "thought nothing of knifing Indians by tens and twenties and of cutting slices off them to test the sharpness of their blades." Las Casas adds "two of these so-called Christians met two Indian boys one day, each carrying a parrot; they took the parrots and for fun beheaded the boys."


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Facing extermination, the Arawaks organized and attempted to fight back against the Spaniards. But they were little match against the armor, muskets, swords and horses of the Europeans. The Spaniards hung or burned Indians that they took captive. By this point, the Arawaks began committing mass suicides. They fed cassava poison to their infants to save them from the Spanish. In two years, half of the 250,000 Indians on Haiti were dead, either through murder, mutilation or suicide. By 1550, there were 500 Indians. By 1650, the Arawaks had been wiped out from the island.

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Re: Happy Columbus Day!
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crepe05 wrote on Oct 8th, 2018 at 6:20am:
Anyone else remember when we used to celebrate this day as a nation?

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Murdering slave trader.

Give the guy a break. He made a hell of a journey that inspired others to follow. The Spanish who have failed south America inspired the Europeans who succeeded in North America and turned it into something great before the Spanish lead it to a crap hole.

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Re: Happy Columbus Day!
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Fiddler wrote on Oct 8th, 2018 at 6:42am:
Columbus had two goals in the Caribbean: to find gold and slaves. Columbus returned home to Spain and came back to the Caribbean with 17 ships and 1,200 men. His men traveled from island to island, taking Indians as captives. In 1495, in a large slave raid, Columbus and his men rounded up 1,500 Arawak men, women, and children, and put them in pens. They selected what they considered the best natives and loaded them onto ships back to Spain. Two hundred died en route. After the survivors were sold as slaves in Spain, Columbus later wrote: "Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold."


Have a good one.

He showed the world the fortune that was here. The east was a dump and the west was a treasure. Natives were 1000 years behind the rest of the world. Asia would of got here if Spain and Europe had not. Nobody was going treat what appeared to be advanced Monkeys or caveman equal. It was a cruel world in the east.

Natives experienced what the rest of the world saw for 1000s of years.
"Welcome to party America" Said Columbus.
  

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Re: Happy Columbus Day!
Reply #9 - Oct 8th, 2018 at 7:03am
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The Far Left Revisionists love to take snap shots of history and attempt to apply today's standards to that of the past.  By today's standards the entire world was a pretty barbaric place  in 1492. People believed the world was flat, for Christ's sake, and if you sailed off the horizon you'd fall off the earth!

Christopher Columbus had a great achievement by any standard and for its time what he did was the more significant than man traveling to the moon and back!  Because of his discovery, Europeans began to colonize the New World. That's why the Far Left hate him:  It began the invasion of the White People!
  

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