Happy Columbus Day!

Happy Columbus Day!

The anniversary of the start of one of, if not the worst, genocides of peoples in the history of mankind! A magnificent holiday issued by FDR more than half a century ago to commemorate the founding of European interests in the Americans.

No liberal bias here…..Christopher Columbus was a very evil and sadistic man. It is very befitting enough that he is a hero of the Pro-Americana, patriotic right seeing as he helped start a culture of expropriation and murder for profit that continues to this very day.

He was also of course a God-fearing Christian and did his best to follow the tenants of Christ, if Christ was a genocidal and greed driven of course.

To celebrate this holiday I thought it best I quote some logs of Christopher Columbus as well as a Bartolomé de las Casas, a individual who witnessed the barbarism of the settling of the New World first hand.

“At daybreak great multitudes of men came to the shore, all young and of fine shapes, very handsome; their hair not curled but straight and coarse like horse-hair, and all with foreheads and heads much broader than any people I had hitherto seen; their eyes were large and very beautiful; they were not black, but the color of the inhabitants of the Canaries, which is a very natural circumstance, they being in the same latitude with the island of Ferro in the Canaries.” –Christopher Columbus

Yay…Christopher Columbus meets the “savage natives”!

“The natives are an inoffensive people, and so desirous to possess any thing they saw with us, that they kept swimming off to the ships with whatever they could find, and readily bartered for any article we saw fit to give them in return, even such as broken platters and fragments of glass. I saw in this manner sixteen balls of cotton thread which weighed above twenty-five pounds, given for three Portuguese ceutis.” –Christopher Columbus

Okay, so the natives weren’t savages and were nice and caring? Really?

“Presently we discovered two or three villages, and the people all came down to the shore, calling out to us, and giving thanks to God. Some brought us water, and others victuals: others seeing that I was not disposed to land, plunged into the sea and swam out to us, and we perceived that they interrogated us if we had come from heaven. An old man came on board my boat; the others, both men and women cried with loud voices–“Come and see the men who have come from heavens. Bring them victuals and drink.” –Christopher Columbus

So the native elders greeted the Spanish with goods? Wow…they weren’t ignorant, superstitious and primitive?

Enough with the quotes that clearly point abolishes the notion of the natives being “savagery”  and cruel peoples. Let’s see another post from the great Mr.Columbus.

In 1500, Columbus wrote to a friend:

“A hundred castellanoes (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.

Sexual Exploitation?

Quite horrible you see. But it gets much worse.

Bartolomé de las Casas was a 16th century Spanish priest and a settler in the New World, where he witnessed the brutal torture and genocide of the Native Americans by the Spanish colonists. His book A Short Account of the Destruction gives a vivid description of atrocities committed by the conquistadors in the Americas.

Here are some excerpts from the book.

  • And never have the Indians in all the Indies committed any act against the Spanish Christians, until those Christians have first and many times committed countless cruel aggressions against them or against neighboring nations.
  • Yet into this sheepfold, into this land of meek outcasts there came some Spaniards who immediately behaved like ravening wild beasts, wolves, tigers, or lions that had been starved for many days.
  • More than thirty other islands in the vicinity of San Juan are for the most part and for the same reason depopulated, and the land laid waste.
  • We can estimate very surely and truthfully that in the forty years that have passed, with the infernal actions of the Christians, there have been unjustly slain more than twelve million men, women, and children. In truth, I believe without trying to deceive myself that the number of the slain is more like fifteen million.
  • After the wars and the killings had ended, when usually there survived only some boys, some women, and children, these survivors were distributed among the Christians to be slaves.
  • And of all the infinite universe of humanity, these people are the most guileless, the most devoid of wickedness and duplicity, the most obedient and faithful to their native masters and to the Spanish Christians whom they serve.
  • These people are the most devoid of rancors, hatreds, or desire for vengeance of any people in the world.
  • Their reason for killing and destroying such an infinite number of souls is that the Christians have an ultimate aim, which is to acquire gold, and to swell themselves with riches in a very brief time and thus rise to a high estate disproportionate to their merits.
  • It should be kept in mind that their insatiable greed and ambition, the greatest ever seen in the world, is the cause of their villainies.
  • With my own eyes I saw Spaniards cut off the nose and ears of Indians, male and female, without provocation, merely because it pleased them to do it. …Likewise, I saw how they summoned the caciques and the chief rulers to come, assuring them safety, and when they peacefully came, they were taken captive and burned.
  • They laid bets as to who, with one stroke of the sword, could split a man in two or could cut off his head or spill out his entrails with a single stroke of the pike.
  • They took infants from their mothers’ breasts, snatching them by the legs and pitching them headfirst against the crags or snatched them by the arms and threw them into the rivers, roaring with laughter and saying as the babies fell into the water, “Boil there, you offspring of the devil!
  • They attacked the towns and spared neither the children nor the aged nor pregnant women nor women in childbed, not only stabbing them and dismembering them but cutting them to pieces as if dealing with sheep in the slaughter house.
  • They made some low wide gallows on which the hanged victim’s feet almost touched the ground, stringing up their victims in lots of thirteen, in memory of Our Redeemer and His twelve Apostles, then set burning wood at their feet and thus burned them alive.
  • With still others, all those they wanted to capture alive, they cut off their hands and hung them round the victim’s neck, saying, “Go now, carry the message,” meaning, Take the news to the Indians who have fled to the mountains.
  • They made a grid of rods which they placed on forked sticks, then lashed the victims to the grid and lighted a smoldering fire underneath, so that little by little, as those captives screamed in despair and torment, their souls would leave them.

😦

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~ by Black Uhuru on October 11, 2010.

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