The New World

Hispaniola is a miracle. Mountains and hills, plains and pastures, are both fertile and beautifulharbors are unbelievably good and there are many wide rivers of which the majority contain gold…There are many spices, and great mines of gold and other metals…”

Christopher Columbus, report to the Court of Madrid 1492

“They…brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for glass beads and hawk’s bells. They willingly traded everything they owned…They do not bear arms, and do not know them…They have no iron…They would make fine servants…With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

Christopher Columbus

The Spaniards “…thought nothing of knifing Indians by tens and twenties and of cutting slices off them to test the sharpness of their blades.”

“…two or three of these so-called Christians met two Indian boys one day…and for fun beheaded the boys.”

“They grew more conceited every day…they rode the backs of the Indians if they were in a hurry…”

–Bartolome’ de las Casas

"One day, in front of Las Casas, the Spanish dismembered, beheaded, or raped 3000 people. ‘Such inhumanities and barbarisms were committed in my sight,’ he says, ‘as no age can parallel….’ The Spanish cut off the legs of children who ran from them. They poured people full of boiling soap. They made bets as to who, with one sweep of his sword, could cut a person in half. They loosed dogs that ‘devoured an Indian like a hog, at first sight, in less than a moment.’ They used nursing infants for dog food."

–Barry Lopez, summarizing the eyewitness report of Bartolome’ de las Casas

Columbus took the title ‘Admiral of the Ocean Sea’ and proceeded to unleash a reign of terror unlike anything seen before or since. When he was finished, eight million Arawaks — virtually the entire native population of Hispaniola — had been exterminated by torture, murder, forced labor, starvation, disease and despair.

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