Spain, being recently unified, wanted spices and gold. The gold to them could purchase anything. So they offered Christopher Columbus ten percent of the profit, if he would bring back gold and spices. Christopher Columbus was sent to Asia with three ships: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Columbus sailed for thirty-three days not sighting land. It wasn’t until early October of 1492 that he and his crew finally landed. He supposedly was the first to sight land and received a ten thousand maravedis as his reward. It was not him, but a member of his crew who first sighted land, Rodrigo. But Columbus got the credit. As Columbus and his crew approached the island, they were greeted by the native inhabitants of the island. The natives were the Arawak Indians, and the island they were on was the Bahama Islands. The Arawaks gave them food, water, and incredible gifts. Columbus took some of the natives as prisoners so they could show him where the gold was. They took him to Hispaniola. Hispaniola, as Columbus reported, was beautiful, fertile, filled with gold and other metals. Columbus had promised Spain and investors gold, but there wasn’t much gold to be found. He ordered that Indians ages fourteen and over to collect gold. After the Indians collected the amount of gold required, they were given copper token necklaces to prove that they had collected the gold. Later, it was obvious that no more gold was left to collect, so the Indians were taken to work on estates. They worked hard and many died. None of the original Arawaks were left on the Bahama Islands. Bartolome de las Casas transcribed Columbus’s log. He wrote a multivolume History of the Indies. He wrote that the Indians had no temple, if not a religion. Las Casas writes of how the Spaniards were becoming more conceited as the days passed. The Spaniards killed for fun. They considered themselves to on top of the world. After collecting gold for about 6-8 months, the gold was melted. This was such hard
Columbus, the Indians, Human Progress
When Columbus reached land in the Bahamas he was greeted by the Arawak’s who were without clothing. They greeted Columbus and his men with gifts of food and water. Columbus instantly knew that he and his men could subjugate them and make them do whatever they want. The Arawak’s were remarkable for their hospitality and their beliefs in sharing which, were not present in the Europeans. The reasoning for Columbus’ voyage to the Americas was because Spain was….
Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn
Posted on October 13, 2009 by dandelionsalad
by Howard Zinn
October 12, 2009
Image by Whiskeygonebad via Flickr
An excerpt from A People’s History of the United States.
Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking….
In the article of Columbus, the Indians and Human Progress, Zinn writes on how he believes society learns the history of Columbus and his discoveries.
The writer suggests that even with the annihilation of human race, many see the success of progress and discovery. In the conclusion he also suggests that many people are telling the story of success and history through the leaders or conquerors eyes and not the minority.
Zinn argues that today we read in history books what was discovered or….
the article, “Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress, Dr. Howard Zinn argues that there is another perspective to consider as to Christopher Columbus’ adventures. Dr. Howard Zinn’s position is that history books have omissions of slavery, death and innocent bloodshed that accompanied the adventures of Christopher Columbus. In the following statements Dr. Howard Zinn describes his perspective; “The writer began the history, five hundred years ago, of the European invasion of the Indian Settlement….
Upon returning to the islands, Columbus discovered the men left behind at the new settlement had been killed and the settlement destroyed. Against the queen's wishes, Columbus captured many Indians and turned them into slave and made them rebuild the settlement. This pattern would continue for Columbus. He would return to Spain a third and a fourth time getting more ships and bringing back Indian slaves and treasures. He would eventually return to Spain to stay. He died there on May 30,….
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In the world today, people like to believe that they have evolved into societies of equality, justice, and fairness. Yet around the world there are many ‘modern’ societies that still treat women as second-class citizens. This is clearly evident in the novel Princess, the story of women in Saudi Arabia, introduced through the life of a Saudi Arabian Princess. Jean Sasson was asked by Princess Sultana to use her life to exhibit to the Western World how primitive customs….
reading the articles “Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress” written by Howard Zinn and “The City on the Hill” written by Larry Schweikert and Allen Michael I have analyzed three specific topics/concepts that have been presented by both authors. The first topic that I observed was Christopher Columbus. Howard Zinn’s article was mainly focused on Columbus while Larry S. and Allen M.’s article covered many explorers including Columbus. Howard Zinn more wrote his view on Columbus as a story as the other….
Yes, what Columbus and his follower did to the Indians is definitely unacceptable. I too, did not know the true story behind Columbus until now, which is why I raised this question. I think Columbus Day is celebrated to teach the kids some history. However, in reality, to most people it is just a holiday, a day off from work and school. I think that teachers should emphasized to the students that it is more than just a holiday, but a day where slavery and massive murdering begins.
My earliest memory of being taught history revolved around Christopher Columbus. I think I’ll always remember the song, Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Teachers and history books attempted to paint Christopher Columbus as a good man who did wonderful things when the reality is that he slaughtered the indigenous people he found there. I’ve never heard from one history teacher the true story concerning him. It seemed women in history rarely if ever got mentioned when I was being taught. If….
Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress
1. Before you read the packet “Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress,” write down all you think you know about Christopher Columbus, including myth as well as reality. Please use a list format.
Columbus was a Portuguese explorer, but worked for Spain.
Columbus’s voyage in 1492 was made to find an alternate route to China, leaving Europe from the east rather than the west.
Columbus did not discover the Americas, natives occupied the land and Vikings….