White men's brutal carnage against native American Indians. PART 2
You will naturally cringe and feel angry and revulsive at the white men's wild rampage, savage greed and uncontrolled brutal carnage against the friendly innocent and defenseless natives of America.
The European life and death crusades against the Arab muslim jihadists in the Dark Ages of 1095 to 1297 were mutually savage with no quarters given. But at least they were both armed and fighting for the supremacy of their insidious religious faith and doctrine.
The natives of America were innocent and yet white men killed them most brutally and savagely without cause or reason. The killings and murders were justified in their divine faith of Christian doctrine and ideology and in their ravacious greed for other people's land, gold, silver and other resources of the soil. They would repeat their evil actions and killings to the natives of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Asia.
When Columbus and his men landed in Bahamas the native Arawak men and women emerged from their villages and ran to the island beaches to greet them. They brought them food , water and gifts. Columbus realized that the natives did not bear arms and soon evil thoughts crept into his mind. He told his men, " With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want." He did subsequently carried out all the evil things he intended to do.
He took some of the natives of Bahamas by force and ordered them to give him information where to find the source of their gold for the native Arawaks were wearing tiny gold ornaments in their ears and necks.
He took some Arawaks as prisoners in his ship because he wanted them to guide him to the source of gold. He sailed to Cuba and Hispaniola ( now Haiti and the Dominican Republic ).
In Hispaniola he confiscated a gold mask from a local Indian chief. The gold mask gave him and his men wild visions of gold fields. He built a fort in Hispaniola, Fort Navidad and left 39 of his men to take charge and to find gold and store it. Then he took more native prisoners and got into a fight with some of the natives who refused to hand over to him their bows and arrows ( made of cane ). He and his men ran their swords through them and killed them.
Then with two other ships the Nina and Pinta he sailed back to Spain. At the court in Madrid he gave an extravagant grandiose report of rich gold findings in rivers and other great gold and silver mines and also many spices. It was a fake report to extort more investments from the Spanish government and the rich elites. He was full of religious talk to to impress the queen and the court: "Thus the eternal God , our Lord, gives victory to those who follow His way over apparent impossibilities." He then asked the court majesties for help so that he would bring to the queen and the court more gold and slaves in the next voyage. In his second expedition he was given 17 ships and more than 1200 men.
In the Caribbean they went from island to island to look for gold and capture more Indians as captives. While he was away his men at Fort Nivadad ransacked Indian villages for gold and captured women for sex and children for labour.
In Haiti Columbus found no gold fields.In 1495 he captured 1500 Arawak men, women and children and put them in pens guarded by Spaniards and dogs. He selected 500 best of them and loaded them in his ships. In the journey to Spain 200 died enroute and were thrown overboard. In Madrid the remainder 300 were put up by the archdeacon for sale. Columbus then declared,"Let us in the name of The Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold."
In his third expedition Columbus and his men ordered all natives from 14 years or older to collect a certain quantity of gold every 3 months. When they brought in gold they were given copper tokens to hang around their necks. Indians found without a copper token had their hands cut off and bled to death.
The natives had been given an impossible task. So they fled and were hunted down with dogs and were killed. The Arawaks then resisted the Spaniards who had armour, muskets, swords and horses. When the Spaniards took prisoners they hanged them or burned them to death. Facing against impossible odds the Arawaks began mass suicides through poison and killed their infants to save them from the Spaniards. In two years through murder, mutilation or suicide, half of the 250,000 Indians on Haiti were dead.
As there was no gold to be found, the Indians were taken as slave labour on huge estates and forced to work at a ferocious pace that they died by the thousands, By 1515 only about 50,000 Indians were left. By 1550, there were about 500 and by 1650 there were none of the Arawaks or their descendants left on the island of Hispaniola or Haiti.
The chief source of information of Columbus and Spanish cruelty was from a young priest, Bartolome de Las Casas who participated in the conquest of Cuba but who soon found the cruelty towards the natives too great to fathom and so he became a vehement critic of Spanish cruelty. He wrote a multivolume history of the Indies describing Indians as gentle and peaceful. He condemned Columbus and the Spaniards for their exasperating demand, their ravage and killings and mangle and destruction. The Spaniards had total control of the Indians which led to total cruelty. They thought of nothing of knifing Indians by tens and hundreds and cutting slices of them to test the sharpness of their blades. Casa described how two Christian Spaniards confiscated two parrots from two Indian boys and then for the fun of it beheaded the boys.
Whenever the Indians attempted to defend themselves failed they would run off to the hills. The Spaniards would pursue them and killed them. Columbus and the Spanish conquerors were very systematic in killing the natives. According to a Harvard historian, Samuel Eliot Morison, "The cruel policy initiated by Columbus and pursued by his successors resulted in complete genocide."
Thursday, 13th October,2016
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