Monday, October 11, 2010

Niña, Pinta, Santa María

Christopher Columbus is an icredibly polarizing figure. You can only appreciate his exploratory prowess for so long before you realize what a dick he was.
“They… brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. 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.” 
~Christopher Columbus writing about the Arawaks in his journal, as quoted from Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.

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