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In a quest for gold, Spain took a gamble on a man named Christopher Columbus and set on a voyage from Spain to “the indies” (or Southeast Asia and India). He was promised 10% of whatever he brought back, the position of governor of any newly discovered land, title of Admiral of the Ocean Sean & Spain funded Christopher’s voyage. •
There was no sensible way to make this trek by land , at this time, and so Columbus set out west hoping to meet the east because he knew the earth was round. •
30 days after setting sail, Columbus and his crew spotted the the Bahama Island
Well , actually, a sailor named Rodrigo spotted the island first but there was a reward to whom ever spotted land first so Columbus lies and took the glory and the reward. That was just the beginning of Columbus’ web of lies.
They were greeted by the Arawaks, the native people of the Bahamas. Columbus writes in his ship log : “They .... brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned .... they were well built , with good bodies and handsome features ... they do not bear arms, and so not know them, for I showed them a sword , they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They had no iron. Their Spears are made of cane ... They would make fine servants ... with fifty men we could subjugate (over power) them and make them do whatever we want. “ •
Columbus captured many Arawak people and demanded they lead him to “the gold”. He sailed between several of the Caribbean islands and set up a fort on Hispaniola (Haiti & Dominican Republic).
Columbus lies yet again when he reported to Spain that he had found Asia and it was full @of riches. He just needed a little more time and resources and he would return with “as much gold as they need ... and as many slaves as they ask.” •
1495 Columbus and his crew went on “a great slave raid” - 500 captives were sent to Spain, 200 died on the trip. By 1550 only 500 Arawaks remained. A century later, there were no Arawaks left on the islands.