Un relato muy angustiante de la conquista de América|
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AND THE INDIANS
by Howard Zinn
[Howard Zinn is an author and lecturer. His most noted work, from which
this selection is excerpted, is A People's History of the United
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- Columbus wrote:
- "As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I
found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn
and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts."
The information that Columbus wanted most was: Where is the gold?
- The Indians, Columbus reported, "are so naive and so free with
their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe
it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no. To the
contrary, they offer to share with anyone...." He concluded his
report by asking for a little help from their Majesties, and in return he
would bring them from his next voyage "as much gold as they need . .
. and as many slaves as they ask." He was full of religious talk:
"Thus the eternal God, our Lord, gives victory to those who follow
His way over apparent impossibilities."