Columbus Day Fun Fact: A Catholic preist named Bartolomé de las Casas, who transcribed Columbus’s journals, wrote the following regarding the genocide:
"There were 60,000 people living on this island, including the Indians; so that from 1494 to 1508, over 3,000,000 people had perished from war, slavery, and the mines. Who in future generations will believe this? I myself writing it as a knowledgeable eyewitness can hardly believe it."
As much as I appreciate the intent of this post, the sad fact is that de las Casas was just as guilty of the same mindset as Columbus. He proposed to the Spanish government that they use Africans instead of Indigenous Americans for slaves because it was more financially lucrative and he (and most Spaniards at this period) saw them as sub-human due to their association with Islam and preexisting cultural factors. Not only that but they were foreign to the land so could be “contained.” So lets not all go clapping for de las Casas just yet because his opinion carried weight after his observations were published.
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