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Columbus' Agenda

Is it true that Columbus was a slave runner?

Absolutely!  On his first journey, Columbus kidnaped some 10-25 Arawak natives and took them back to Spain.  Out of the 25, only seven arrived alive along with birds, gold nuggets and other exotica.  After bearing witness to this, Queen Isabella  provided Columbus with 17 ships, 1,500 men, cannons, crossbows, guns and attack dogs for the second voyage.  Columbus’ new mission was to conquer the docile West.  When Columbus returned to Haiti and the Americas in 1493, he took grain, gold, cotton, whatever the natives had, including the women!  To ensure cooperation, Columbus used punishment by example.  Whenever a  native refused to cooperate, his ear or nose would be cut off.  The disfigured person was then sent back to his village as living evidence.  After a while, the natives had enough and resisted against Columbus. The Arawaks’ resistance gave Columbus an excuse to make war in which he was well armed.  On March 25, 1495, Columbus set out to destroy the native  Columbus organized 200 foot soldiers and 20 calvaries with crossbows, cannons, lances, swords, horses and hunting dogs which were set loose on small children.  The dogs tore the children’s bellies open and ripped them apart.  The natives were chased into bushes where wooden skewers awaited them.  Those natives that were not killed were captured, raped and then beheaded.  Having yet found no gold, Columbus did return some small amounts of wealth to the political monarch of Spain.  In 1495, Columbus initiated a slave raid by rounding up 1,500 Arawaks and selected 500 of the best specimens (which 200 died en route to Spain).  Another 500 were taken as slaves for Columbus’ men who stayed in Haiti.  A  reign of terror began where Columbus began hunting natives for dog food. Columbus was upset that he still had not located the gold in which he was certain he would find.

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The cutting off of Naitve's hands by the Spanish

Letter from Columbus to the Queen and King
Most High and Mighty Sovereigns,
In obedience to your Highness' commands, and with submission to superior judgment, I will say whatever occurs to me in reference to the colonization and commerce of the Island of Espanola, and of the other islands, both those already discovered and those that may be discovered hereafter. In the first place, as regards the Island of Espanola: Inasmuch as the number of colonists who desire to go thither amounts to two thousand, owing to the land being safer and better for farming and trading, and because it will serve as a place to which they can return and from which they can carry on trade with the neighboring islands. That in the said island there shall be founded three or four towns, situated in the most convenient places, and that the settlers who are there be assigned to the aforesaid places and towns. That for the better and more speedy colonization of the said island, no one shall have liberty to collect gold in it except those who have taken out colonists' papers, and have built houses for their abode, in the town in which they are, that they may live united and in greater safety. That each town shall have its alcalde [Mayor] ... and its notary public, as is the use and custom in Castile. That there shall be a church, and parish priests or friars to administer the sacraments, to perform divine worship, and for the conversion of the Indians. That none of the colonists shall go to seek gold without a license from the governor or alcalde of the town where he lives; and that he must first take oath to return to the place whence he sets out, for the purpose of registering faithfully all the gold he may have found, and to return once a month, or once a week, as the time may have been set for him, to render account and show the quantity of said gold; and that this shall be written down by the notary before the aIcalde, or, if it seems better, that a friar or priest, deputed for the purpose, shall be also present That all the gold thus brought in shall be smelted immediately, and stamped with some mark that shall distinguish each town; and that the portion which belongs to your Highness shall be weighed, and given and consigned to each alcalde in his own town, and registered by the abovementioned priest or friar, so that it shall not pass through the hands of only one person, and there shall he no opportunity to conceal the truth. That all gold that may be found without the mark of one of the said towns in the possession of any one who has once registered in accordance with the above order shall be taken as forfeited, and that the accuser shall have one portion of it and your Highness the other. That one per centum of all the gold that may be found shall be set aside for building churches and adorning the same, and for the support of the priests or friars belonging to them; and, if it should be thought proper to pay any thing to the alcaldes or notaries for their services, or for ensuring the faithful perforce of their duties, that this amount shall be sent to the governor or treasurer who may be appointed there by your Highness. As regards the division of the gold, and the share that ought to be reserved for your Highness, this, in my opinion, must be left to the aforesaid governor and treasurer, because it will have to be greater or less according to the quantity of gold that may be found. Or, should it seem preferable, your Highness might, for the space of one year, take one half, and the collector the other, and a better arrangement for the division be made afterward. That if the said alcaldes or notaries shall commit or be privy to any fraud, punishment shall be provided, and the same for the colonists who shall not have declared all the gold they have. That in the said island there shall be a treasurer, with a clerk to assist him, who shall receive all the gold belonging to your Highness, and the alcaldes and notaries of the towns shall each keep a record of what they deliver to the said treasurer. As, in the eagerness to get gold, every one will wish, naturally, to engage in its search in preference to any other employment, it seems to me that the privilege of going to look for gold ought to be withheld during some portion of each year, that there may be opportunity to have the other business necessary for the island performed. In regard to the discovery of new countries, I think permission should be granted to all that wish to go, and more liberality used in the matter of the fifth, making the tax easier, in some fair way, in order that many may be disposed to go on voyages. I will now give my opinion about ships going to the said Island of Espanola, and the order that should be maintained; and that is, that the said ships should only be allowed to discharge in one or two ports designated for the purpose, and should register there whatever cargo they bring or unload; and when the time for their departure comes, that they should sail from these same ports, and register all the cargo they take in, that nothing may be concealed. In reference to the transportation of gold from the island to Castile, that all of it should be taken on board the ship, both that belonging to your Highness and the property of every one else; that it should all be placed in one chest with two locks, with their keys, and that the master of the vessel keep one key and some person selected by the governor and treasurer the other; that there should come with the gold, for a testimony, a list of all that has been put into the said chest, properly marked, so that each owner may receive his own; and that, for the faithful performance of this duty, if any gold whatsoever is found outside of the said chest in any way, be it little or much, it shall be forfeited to your Highness. That all the ships that come from the said island shall be obliged to make their proper discharge in the port of Cadiz, and that no person shall disembark or other person be permitted to go on board until the ship has been visited by the person or persons deputed for that purpose, in the said city, by your Highness, to whom the master shall show all that he carries, and exhibit the manifest of all the cargo, it may be seen and examined if the said ship brings any thing hidden and not known at the time of lading.  That the chest in which the said gold has been carried shall be opened in the presence of the magistrates of the said city of Cadiz, and of the person deputed for that purpose by your Highness, and his own property be given to each owner.  I beg your Highness to hold me in your protection; and I remain, praying our Lord God for your Highness' lives and the increase of much greater States.

You mentioned that Columbus was sending payment back to Spain.  What type of payment was he sending back?

Columbus’ son, Ferdinand, had set up a tribute system where the natives promised to pay a tribute to the Catholic sovereigns every three months.  Every person over 14 years of age had to pay a large hawks bell of gold dust from the gold mine.  All others were to pay 25 pounds of cotton.  Anyone who did not cooperate with the system were decapitated at the hands.  The system eventually failed because its demands were impossible for the natives to live up to.  Columbus then replaced the system with what he called “The Encomieda System”, in which he commanded the entire native villages to individual groups of colonists.  Since it was not considered slavery but indentured servitude, it was not looked upon as immoral by the religious orders of Europe.  This system opened the doors for slavery in Mexico, Peru and Florida, which was introduced by the Conquistadors.  This system caused an incredible depopulation of Native Americans.  Native American population decreased from 60,000 natives in 1492 to 4,000 in 1516.  As a result of suffering, many natives committed mass suicide by the hundreds.  Pregnant women aborted their own fetuses.  Others, after delivery, killed their children with their own hands to spare them of an oppressive slavery.  Some natives managed to escape to Cuba but were soon followed.  According to Benjamin Keen, “Thanks to the sinister Indian slave trade and labor politics initiated by Columbus, fewer than 200 natives inhabited Haiti by 1555.”

How many slaves did Columbus take back to Spain?

Columbus was the very first man known in history to send the first slaves across the Atlantic.  Other nations rushed to emulate Columbus.  In 1501, the Portuguese began to depopulate the Beotuk Indians to Cape Verde as slaves.  Charleston, South Carolina became a major port for exporting Indians slaves.  The Pilgrims and Puritans (Dutch settlers now referred to as Amish) sold survivors of the Pequot war into slavery in Bermuda in 1637.  The French shipped the entire Natchez Nation in chains to the West Indies in 1731.  In 1715, the British double-crossed the Yamasee and took them as slaves in Georgia.  The most disgusting aspect of Columbus’ slave raid was his 1493 expedition to the Carib Islands where he rewarded his crew with Indian women to make as sex slaves.  The slave trade destroyed entire Indian nations.  Because thousands of Indians died, this led to the massive slave trade across the Atlantic to Africa to replace the dead Indians.  The first African slave raid took place in 1505 and was spearheaded by Columbus’ son.  History does not capture the true story of Columbus.  He is depicted as a role model who discovered the West and made friends with the Indians.  Columbus is responsible for not only the depopulation of Native Americas, but if it wasn’t for the slavery of Western natives, there would have never been slavery of the Africans.

Did Columbus ever find the gold?

In 1499, Columbus finally found gold in Haiti in significant amounts.  However, the Portuguese, French and British joined in on the conquering of the West.  These nations were not as brutal as Columbus and the Spaniards.  The French did not make the natives carry them around on their backs like horses.  The British did not colonize America by forcing Indian slave labor, but simply pushed the natives out of the way where they migrated to Mexico and Florida.

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The African route to the West

So it’s safe to call Columbus a racist?

Among other things, Columbus was an alcoholic and a  homosexual who was fond of the native men in which, according to personal logs, he found excitement in watching the naked native men.  Columbus stated that the natives were the finest specimen of men that he had ever seen.  Columbus’ logs reflect an increasing racism.  Columbus considered the natives as cruel and stupid, “A people war-like and numerous whose customs and religion is inferior to ours.”  Columbus was also responsible for the spreading of small pox and syphilis, not only in America but in Spain where many natives and Spaniards died.

You mentioned that Columbus was also responsible for the African slave trade.  Please explain in detail.

As stated before, when the natives of the Americas began dying and committing suicide, the labor was replaced with slaves from the Sahara in West Africa.  Also, the gold and silver that Columbus extracted from the West fueled a 400% inflation that eroded the economies of most non-European countries and helped Europe to develop a global market system and Africa suffered.  The Trans-Saharan trade collapsed because America supplied more gold and silver than the African West Coast.  African traders now only had one commodity that Europe wanted, slaves!  African Arabs thus sold their own people into slavery for such things as Spanish wine and bottles of rum.  These bloody atrocities left a legacy of genocide and slavery that history books seem to want to re-write.  History would rather indoctrinate us with mindless endorsements of colonialism that’s nothing more than a myth to perpetuate European superiority.

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The Hispanola Trade Routes

Why, then, are we being lied to?

Queen Isabella of Spain supported Columbus’ voyage with the notion that he would establish colonization.  The question is, why would she support a religious mission to convert inhabitants of the Western region if the land wasn’t occupied?  The land was occupied, everyone agrees to that.  Why, then, are we using the terminology “discovered” when pertaining to Columbus?  There was no discovery!  Historians try to insinuate that the term “discovered” is being used in the context of Columbus experiencing a realization of new land that he had no prior knowledge of.  This is incorrect.  Columbus did have knowledge of the land.  He would have not begged the monarchs for money, put himself in debt with the monarchs of Spain, traveled one month across the sea if he had no idea that there would be a destination.  Queen Isabella would not have financed such a journey if there wasn’t any indication that Columbus would be arriving on land.  Columbus had more than an idea that land existed to the West.  He knew of what he had heard about gold, spices, rubber and wealth being abundant in the West.  Also, Columbus didn’t just realize that he had found something, he actually laid claim to the land by establishing political systems on the natives.  Historians first say that Columbus was the greatest navigator of his time, then they want to undermine his sadistic personality and paint a picture of him as being naive and unaware of his whereabouts.  The question is, if Columbus had not sailed to the West previously, how did he know that there was indeed a West to explore? Columbus knew of the existence of a Western World due to the import and export goods of the Americas via the black Moors of Spain who had been traveling to the West for hundreds of years on world wide currents and  winds. The truth is that Chinese, Arab and Moroccan traders had been sailing to the West for centuries before the Europeans. The reason why the term “discovered” is being used in regards to Columbus is because Columbus opened the doors of the West to the European world and European invasion of the Western world’s natural and precious  resources, as well as colonization of new territory.

Why is Columbus being regarded as a hero?

According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary
Hero: 1. A mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent with great strength and ability; 2. An illustrious warrior; 3. A central figure in an event or period.

The European’s idea of a hero is a mythological warrior, someone who can cause war and bloodshed! A hero is someone they believe has great strength and ability.

The Europeans’s definition of a hero has nothing to do with establishing peace on the Earth. Columbus caused much war and bloodshed. He did not want peace. If Columbus wanted peace, his second journey would not have been aided with over 1,000 soldiers, cannons, swords, lances and dogs which is a clear sign that he was preparing for battle. It doesn’t sound as if he was preparing for a friendly ball game with the natives.  Columbus is not our hero, he is “their” hero because all of Europe’s heros are vikings, slave owners and war mongers (Stalin, Marx, Andrew Jackson, Custard).  The European praise people like Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and even  Adolph Hitler. No Native American or true American in their right mind would ever celebrate the arrival of Columbus.  There are even towns and cities in America named after Columbus (Columbus Ohio; Columbia Maryland; Columbia South America; Columbia, Mississippi; Columbia South Carolina, District of Columbia and many more).

What is the process of hero-making?

Herofication is a process of making people over as extra-ordinary.  Through this process, our educational media turns flesh and blood individuals into pious, perfect creatures without conflict and without fault.  This is done with figures like Jesus Christ in which the entire Judeo Christian world still believes that he was God in the flesh, a type of religious fanaticism that would be viewed today as insanity.  This type of herofication is very harmful for it perpetuates false images of a perfect being which in turn creates such things as mortal worship and idol worship of people who have no more supernatural powers than a comic book hero.  Another such figure who is the subject of herofication is Christopher Columbus, who historians claim made the single most profound discovery of all time.  Columbus simply stumbled upon something that had been discovered by someone else thousands of years prior.

How was Spain’s reaction to Columbus’ discoveries?

Ironically, Columbus became a hated main in his own country as well as among the Portuguese.  Columbus lost favor with Queen Isabella of Spain.  King Don Juan hated Columbus for allowing the territory of Hispanola, Cuba and Lucayos to be left unclaimed.  Columbus played as sort of a bounty hunter for King Juan to claim new territory for the Portuguese Monarch.  When Columbus failed on his mission, the Portuguese wanted to assassinate him.  Columbus also worked for Queen Isabella.  Columbus thought that if he could offer the King and Queen of Spain kingdoms, they would make him high rank official or “Prince of the Ocean Sea.”  This office would give Columbus complete control of all importing and exporting in the Spanish sovereignty.  He would be as a Captain of the Navy.  Columbus was working as a double agent for both Spanish Monarch and Portuguese Monarch.  Columbus was excitedly greedy and trying to milk wealth out of both nations.  Columbus demanded of Spain 1/3, 1/8 and 1/10 of everything he discovered in the New World.  

With the Portuguese, Columbus cut a deal with King Juan that a line would be drawn on a map that went from East to West and North to South.  Everything that Columbus discovered West of the line belonged to him and everything found East belonged to Portugal.  Of course, this would later cause confusion between Spain and Portugal.  It is stated that Columbus had been trying to rip off the Portuguese for nearly 14 years.  While making promises to both nations, Columbus was holding back on certain discoveries like South America, in which he relayed to the Queen that it was just a small island with no apparent wealth to gain. South America was in fact the cultural paradox of Native American culture. The Queen began to grow suspicious of Columbus after she requested his navigation charts and the names of all the islands he claimed to have discovered, and Columbus was not cooperative in revealing the information.  While in South America, King Juan sent a messenger ship to Columbus requesting his return to Europe to clear up the confusion between Portugal and Spain.  Apparently, Spanish and Portuguese sea men were butting heads over the same territory.  Columbus sent message back to King Juan stating that he could not return home for he was stricken with a terrible illness.  King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella ordered Officer Francisco Bobadilla to seize Columbus in which he sailed to the West and captured Columbus and dragged him back to Spain in the nude and disgraced.  Francisco Bobadilla was appointed to supercede Columbus in 1499 as new viceroy of Spanish colonies.  He was specifically hired to investigate the actions of Columbus and the damages he made.

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The killing of Native babies and burning of the mothers

Are you saying that Columbus was also a traitor to his own country?

Yes!  It is stated that Columbus paid homage to both the Spanish and Portuguese Monarchs and had the ability to change flags whenever it suited him.  Columbus’ main concern was wealth, not loyalty..  This is why he made several secret deals with the Portuguese.

You mentioned that Columbus lost favor with the King of Portugal and the Queen of Spain.  How many others opposed Columbus?

There was an apostolic minister by the name of Father Boil who accused Columbus of being too severe by killing the natives in cold blood.  This began a battle between Columbus’ political influence and support and Father Boil’s religious power.  Father Boil thus suspended the religious sacraments that Columbus asked him to perform on the journey.  Columbus retaliated by cutting off Father Boil’s food supply.  Father Boil was forced to retract his moral entanglement with Columbus and return to Spain with intentions of telling the monarchs of Spain that Columbus had deceived them by misappropriating funds and not living up to his promises of returning gold to Spain.  This information would displease the Spanish Monarchs who were expecting Columbus to live up to his end of the bargain if they financed his trip.  Columbus was then despised by the religious body of Spain and thought of as a war monger.

Did Columbus ever try to convert the natives?

Whenever Columbus and the Spanish encountered the natives, they would make them swear immediate allegiance to the Pope and the Spanish crown. The natives had no idea who or what a Pope was. Columbus read a statement to the natives that if they would refuse to accept Christianity, the Spanish would powerfully enter into the country and make war. The Spanish did not wait for a response for the simple fact that the natives had trouble understanding the language and there was no official interpreter. The natives were immediately enslaved and thrown onto ships to be carted  back to Spain as slaves.  The natives did not wish to submit to the Spanish’s white God that was in the image of a man dangling from a cross. This was not their idea of being saved.

What was the real reason for Columbus’ journey?

Columbus was an experienced explorer who had already sailed to various regions of Africa and Asia.  While in Haiti, Columbus came in contact with a spear tip from the Arawak Indians.  The spear point was an alloy made of gold, silver and copper which contained the same ratio of alloy found in spear points Columbus found in Africa many years before.  Columbus presented this spear point to Queen Isabella who financed his second trip, considering the amounts of wealth to gain.  Columbus knew of the wealth in the land of Africa but could only speculate that there was gold in the West as well.  It was at this time that Columbus met with King Juan of Portugal who revealed to Columbus a secret route that African traders were taking to the west.  This was all new to Columbus.

You mentioned that Columbus believed that he was the Messiah of the New World?

Of course, this Messiahship title was self appointed by Columbus.  Columbus felt that his journey to the New World was prophesied in the Book of Isaiah of the Christian Bible and that the New World was actually the biblical Eden or some type of Utopia.  The Spanish believed that Satan himself resided on one of the islands in the West and that the natives were sub-human cannibals who were intended by God to be placed under the authority of Spain to be “civilized.”  This is why Queen Isabella wanted to “convert” the natives.  Columbus would paint a red cross on the ground of the land that he conquered to represent the blood of Christ.

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The Spanish feeding Native babies to their dogs

How was Columbus responsible for the diseases his crew passed on to the natives?

Spain itself was a country of epidemic.  Outbreak of plagues and small pox, measles, influenza, diphtheria, typhus, typhoid fever and several venereal diseases swept through Spain and all through Europe.  It was Columbus’ crew (who were actually released criminals set free by the Queen to aid Columbus in return for freedom) who brought the diseases from prisons to the ships and then to the West.  Historians are not quite sure what type of plagues the Spaniards imported from Spain.  The historians cannot all agree whether it was alaria, small pox, yellow fever or syphilis.  They are in agreement that venereal disease was passed to the natives when the women were raped and molested by the Spaniard, who were ex-convicts.

Tell me about some of the horrific catastrophes of Columbus’ invasions of the natives.

Columbus’ armed forces preyed on local communities accompanied by ferocious attack dogs that were trained to disembowel. Columbus’ crew killed without provocation and indiscreetly for sport. The troupes went on a spree of killing, raping, stealing, torturing and disfiguring. Columbus’ soldiers  massacred more than 50,000 natives. In March 1495, Columbus gathered several hundred armored soldiers and slaughtered thousands of unarmed natives just to establish his Spanish rule on Western land. Spanish missionary Bartolome De Le Casas recalled:

“So they would cut of the Indian’s hands and leave them dangling by a shred of skin and they would send them him saying, “Go now, spread the news to your chiefs. They would test their swords and their manly strength on captured Indians and place bets on the slicing off of heads or cutting bodies in half with one blow. They burned and hanged captured chiefs.”

According to Spanish reports, the Spanish tore babies from their mother’s breast by the feet and flung their bodies against the rocks several times until the baby’s brains splattered. They would then throw pieces of the baby’s brain to their hungry dogs while the mothers watched on. In another report, Las Casas witnessed Columbus’ men inventing torture techniques like hanging gibbets which strangled thirteen natives at once. The Spaniards also wrapped straw around the bodies of the natives and set them on fire. The most sadistic report is the impaling of babies by thrusting iron rods down the baby’s throat until it punctured through the anus. The babies were then roasted over a fire like pigs to be eaten, all while the mothers were forced to watch.

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