Monday, October 12, 2020

Happy Columbus Day …

… The left created a fictional version of Christopher Columbus to erase his holiday | The College Fix.

Slavery was not introduced to the New World by Columbus. Rather, slavery was common even among native people in the Caribbean.

Columbus sought to be kind to the natives because he knew that they would be an essential component in not only his survival, but the survival of the men that accompanied him as well. When Columbus left Spain in 1492, in search of a faster and safer route to Asia, slavery was permissible. Spain did not formally ban the slave trade to its colonies until 1817 – more than 300 years after Columbus’ death.

See also this, about Samuel Eliot Morison’s Admiral of the Ocean Sea. Always good to be informed.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting that you should mention Morison's book. I noticed recently on page 233 or the Northeastern University 1983 edition the sentence:

    "It is clear from the concluding sentences of Columbus's Journal for October 13 that on the very day of discovery the dark thought crossed his mind that these people could very easily be enslaved. On October 14 he noted, 'These people are very unskilled in arms, ... with fifty men they could all be subjected and made to do all that one wished.'"