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Columbus and Indians

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October 14, 2015








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Zinn supports his arguments in part based on information recorded in De Las Casas’ books. Dr. Zinn begins the article in support of his position by relating a statement Columbus recorded in his log; “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 give me of whatever there is in these parts”...
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Dr. Zinn goes on to say that Columbus’ adventures, what he calls “conquest” was motivated by material gain. Dr. Zinn states that what Columbus wanted the Indians to know was that “the information Columbus wanted the most was; where is the gold”. In support of this statement, Dr Zinn uses another quote from Columbus’ log; “They brought us parrots, balls of cotton and spears and many other things which they exchanged for the items such as glass beads and hawks’ bells...
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