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Columbus

In Books, Politics, Quote, Social Justice on October 9, 2006 by Eliacín

When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:

They… brought s 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 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 whatever we want.

From A People’s History of the United State by Howard Zinn

 

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