True Columbus Essay

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true Columbus




Europeans governments and businessmen stopped at nothing to ensure their economic success,
they committed genocide plus ethnocide. The main reason Europe hurried to the new land was
for resources and land which is money. Money was the center to the madness. In every
battle between the natives and the settlers they were fighting over something and that
something is money to the settlers. Profit is the settlers motive for the destruction of
the Native communities.

Columbus was the beginning to the madness that went on in the discovery and settling on
the new lands. He came to the new land funded by Spain. Spain at this tie was a country
that needed money so funding this expedition was a solution to their problem. Columbus
promised to bring back gold and spices to pay off the expenses plus more, which would help
Spainís problems. Unfortunately arriving at the Americas Columbus discovered that his
predictions of gold and spices were wrong and there was less then he had thought there
would be. He became desperate he overpowered the natives making them slaves for he needed
money to bring back to Spain and the natives were the quickest way to get it. Columbusís
future relied on Spainís profit of the expedition he was promised 10% of what he brought
back and leadership of many of the new land. What he supplied for Spain was also
benefiting him in a large way. He forced every native to supply him with a certain amount
of gold over a short amount of time, like a tax. Doing this he became the first European
to take control and treat the natives poorly he began a state of mind for the settlers
that they are above the natives and they can overpower them. When the amount of gold was
not enough this mind state led to genocide. In the year 1495 Columbus ordered an
expedition of men to go on a slave raid. Columbus had failed in finding gold fields so
slaves would be used to fill up the space on the ships. They rounded up 1500 Arawak men,
women, and children. They loaded them in cages surrounded by armed Spaniards and dogs. The
Spaniards then picked 500 hundred of the best fit and loaded them onto the ships.
Unfurnatly most died on the ships and a lot in Europe for they could not take the
captivity.

Columbus had promised investors money which would be those slaves. To many died so
Columbus was forced to make another promise. He promised the Spain investors gold. This
led to a more brutal and strict life for the natives. They were forced to supply Columbus
with even more gold now for Columbus needed money and the natives were his workers who
would get him that. From this point the money frenzy made it worse on the natives as time
went on. After a while it was clear that there was no more gold left. Thought money was
still needed so the Indians were taken for slave labor and put on huge estates. They were
worked like animals at a ferocious pace right to their death. By the year 1515 there were
fifty thousand Indians left, by 1550 there were 500 left. Over 40,000 thousands Indians
were worked to their death for Europeís profit. In 1650 reports say that there were none
of the original Arawaks on the slave islands left. Columbus and his men had accomplished
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