Christopher columbus treatment of native americans

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Christopher Columbus’ treatment of the Native Americans Historians and the general public alike have posed the question; how could so few Spanish could have conquered such a huge territory and so many people? By 1550, within a few decades of Columbus’ arrival on Caribbean shores, the Spanish had conquered and colonized vast tracts of the Americas more than ten times larger than Spain itself and an estimated 200,000 or more Native Americans. The answers to this question vary over time, and are dependent on personal perspective. There is no doubt that Columbus' treatment of the Native Americans in the lands he claimed for Spain, as well as the nature of the indigenous people largely affected the ability of the Spanish to conquer these lands and their people. In January of 1492 Christopher Columbus obtained the support of Queen Elizabeth and Ferdinand, after his request for financial backing had been rejected twice. On August 3rd , 1942 Columbus set sail on the Tinto river in southern Spain with a fleet of three ships –the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria- On a mission to discover the Indies. Columbus' stumbled upon the “New World” on October 12, 1492. Columbus was greeted on arrival by a native tribe of the Bahama Islands , the Arawaks . “A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Howard Zinn P.1” Columbus later wrote of the Arawks in his logs saying “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 them do whatever we want” . This early log is indicative of Columbus’ intentions from the moment of his first encounter with Americas  indigenous peoples.