“The permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation. Therefore, on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions — even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity.” – U.S. President Donald Trump
In October, the United States honors Christopher Columbus, who opened the Atlantic slave trade and launched one of the greatest waves of genocide known in history.
Most children educated in the United States can remember singing about “when Columbus sailed the ocean, blue”, but why is he celebrated as a hero? Why are our children taught to glorify this man’s achievements?
Such questions led me to investigate the man Cristóbal Colón, who we know as Christopher Columbus. In doing so, I discovered the following truths, and I propose that the indigenous peoples of the world NEVER celebrate any such Columbus Day.
Here are the five reasons I discovered;
Reason 1. Columbus Brought The First Genocide To The New World
The native Taino-Arawak were the indigenous peoples of the island of Hispaniola – present day Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
When Columbus and his three ships arrived, there were 5 Indigenous leaders that governed the island. They were:
- Behechio, and
Guacanagaric sided with the Europeans almost immediately in exchange for defense against a group of cannibals that also inhabited the island. Columbus used Guacanagaric for information on the other leaders, their territories, and their resources. Of the 5 Indigenous leaders, Guacanagaric would be the only one to survive.
Armed with the knowledge that he gained from Guacanagaric, Columbus began his rape of the rest of the island. In 1492, his crew arrived at La Navidad in present day Haiti and began torturing, raping, and enslaving the locals he found there.
The Indigenous people of the area fought back viciously under the command of Caonabo and beat back the Spanish over a series of battles. Christopher Columbus sent a messenger to the people asking for peace talks. The leader of that area – Caonabo – showed up.
A member of Columbus’ crew stepped forward when Caonabo arrived and gave him a “gift” of polished iron chains and handcuffs. Mistaking them for ornaments, Caonabo allowed himself to be chained and taken away. Columbus then sent him off to Spain.
Caonabo’s brother, Manicatoex, then led an uprising. The Spanish, with their superior firepower crushed the natives and the defeated survivors became slaves on their own land, paying a never-ending tribute to Columbus and Spain.
After the Caonabo uprising was crushed, Columbus and his crew went on a blood soaked rampage across the island, attacking and killing Guarionex and Behechio. The Spanish raped Guarionex’s wife in front of him, then executed him.
After Caonabo was enslaved and both Guarionex and Behechio were killed, an indigenous woman named Anacaona succeeded to the leadership of the Arawak-Taino. She was popular among her people, and attempted to pursue a more diplomatic approach to dealing with the Spanish.
But the Spanish were threatened by her popularity and the power that went with it.
Ovando, a successor to Columbus, went to her village under the pretext of collecting the Spanish tribute. Despite Anacaona’s instructions to the people to be fully cooperative and hospitable, and despite her own friendly welcome, the Spanish began a slaughter, burned the village and took Anacaona prisoner. She was hanged at Santo Domingo.
Somewhere along the line, Columbus was told that there was gold in Higuey – the territory that was ruled by Cayacoa.
A Spanish historian that documented much of Columbus’ wrote that “infinite was the number of people l saw burned alive” in order that the people tell where the nonexistent gold was.
Although gold was never found in the area, the Spanish sacked the province, captured Cayacoa, and hung him in Santo Domingo.
The Arawak-Taino disappeared so rapidly after contact with the Spanish, due to overwork and European diseases (mainly smallpox and SYPHILIS – that tells you what the Spanish were doing to the people there) that less than 500 out of 300,000 natives were left within 50 years of the arrival of Columbus (according to the contemporary historian Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes).
20th century scholars estimate that Christopher Columbus and his crew killed between 250,000 people to a high of 8.4 million. Their deaths came at the hands of rape, torture, overwork, starvation, and disease.
The indigenous people of Hispanola would never recover from what was done by Columbus and Spain. Today, there are no Awawak-Taino left.
Reason 2. Columbus Misread Stolen Moorish Maps And Stupidly Ended Up In The ‘New World’
In his Columbus Day speech, U.S. President Donald Trump called Columbus a ‘skilled navigator’. Yet history proves he was so stupid he couldn’t tell his East from his West.
The art of navigation is rich in numbers, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because if those numbers are carefully measured and faithfully transmitted through the years, they allow us to confirm an explorer’s location with unparalleled confidence.
And a curse, because if those numbers are sloppily measured, badly conserved, or even fraudulent, we are left with the task not only of resolving any discrepancy but also of explaining its very existence.
The many navigational records left by Christopher Columbus, the Admiral of the Ocean Sea, are frequently cursed.
“The Admiral’s pilot held at dawn today that they had made up to this point 578 leagues west from the island of Hierro. The smaller account that the Admiral showed to the men was 584. But the true account that the Admiral figured and kept to himself was 707.”
The truth of the matter is that Columbus had no idea where he was going in the first place, had sub-par navigation skills, and STOLE THE MAPS he used to get to North America in the first place.
You see, the knowledge that Columbus used to navigate came from the Moors, a group of Black Berbers who had ruled the Spanish Peninsula since the 700s A.D.
When the Moors surrendered Spain in 1491, Queen Isabela and King Ferdinand captured the knowledge left behind by the Moors. Christopher Columbus, who was present when the Moors lost Spain, stole Moorish maps in an attempt to get to India.
But, of course we know that he mis-read the maps and ended up on the opposite side of the planet.
Reason 3. Columbus Never Set Foot In North America
We well know that Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas.
Yet in the United States, Columbus Day is still observed as a federal holiday.
Why celebrate someone who had never set foot in the country?
Reason 4. Columbus Represents The Worst Of White Values.
The obvious fiction of a ‘discovery’ of lands occupied by millions of people for tens of thousands of years underscores the ethnocentrism evident in most historical accounts of Christopher Columbus.
Once Columbus and his crew soon discovered that there was no treasure to be had in the new land other than its people, he returned the friendly gestures of the Arawak by gathering 1500 men, women, and children together for transport as slaves back to Spain. Of the 1500 Arawaks, 500 were selected as appropriate gifts for the Spanish court, but only 300 of them survived the middle passage to Spain. Once Columbus unloaded his human prizes in Spain, they were sold to the highest bidder.
For his thorough exploitation of the “New World”, Christopher Columbus’ heirs received titles for life, and he received a permanent income from the goods and slaves brought back from Hispanola.
When he died, he was one of the wealthiest and most comfortable men in Europe.
Reason 5: What A Nation Remembers Gets Repeated
When U.S. President Donald Trump describes the Spanish Genocide as an event that “set the stage for the development of our great Nation”, he justifies the hell that Columbus unleashed on indigenous people as a means to an end.
When a nation celebrates genocide, tyranny, slavery, and wars of subjugation, it is that much easier for that nation to repeat the crimes of the past.
We know that one of the most powerful weapons of white supremacy is not war – it is miseducation. Thus, the fairy tales that are being told about this man in our schools and in our lives should be brought to an end.
When my children ask who this man was I will give them this:
In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue;
By 1493 he had raped, killed, and pillaged all he could see.
Then back to Spain over ocean waves,
To make his fortune selling slaves.
Now I ask you the following:
- Why would school systems continue to glorify this man with the truth of his brutality being evident?
- Why would the nation continue to observe this man?
- What does it say about the soul of America to elevate a mass murdering scam artist into legend?
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