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  1. Jan 2016
    1. Columbus described them as innocents. “They are very gentle and without knowledge of what is evil; nor the sins of murder or theft,” he reported to the Spanish crown. “Your highness may believe that in all the world there can be no better people … They love their neighbors as themselves, and their speech is the sweetest and gentlest in the world, and always with a smile.”

      Knowing the outcome, this quote looks much less like Columbus is holding the Arawaks in high regard, but more so confirming what Columbus later reports that "they can all be subjugated and made to do what is required of them".

  2. Sep 2015
    1. extreme of blackness

      what is "extreme blackness" to him? he's lived his whole life with pretty much whit europeans

    2. that I have come to another conclusion respecting the Earth

      what authority does he have to say this? I mean, come on.

    1. the inhabitants on discovering us abandoned their houses, and took to flight, carrying of their goods to the mountain.

      smart people!

    2. penetrate

      not a good enough reason to use the word "penetrate"

    3. This is so beautiful a place

      he repeatedly mentions the beauty of the place, but refuses to just appreciate the beauty of the land and its people for what they are. he has to take it, own it, and change it.

    4. The Indians on board the ships called this island Saomete. I named it Isabela.

      completely disrespects the name that the Natives have given the island

    5. seemed to take great pleasure in serving us.

      because they don't know how evil they are yet

    6. It appeared to them that we were honest people

      appearances can be deceiving!

    7. where I gave it the name of Santa Maria de la Concepcion

      okay, so he's just making up his own names for places

    8. San Salvador

      from where? did he just make up a Spanish name for the places he is "discovering"?

    9. I could conquer the whole of them with fifty men, and govern them as I pleased.

      Wow...bold statement.

    10. if they had any gold

      greedy

    11. wrought in a wonderful manner considering the country

      already speaking as if he is above/better than the native people

    12. and would be good servants and I am of opinion that they would very readily become Christians, as they appear to have no religion

      how does he gather all this information? just by looking at them?

    13. Weapons they have none

      none that you know of. no European weapons.

    14. coarse like that of a horse’s tail

      already comparing them to animals

    15. that he before all others took possession (as in fact he did) of that island for the King and Queen his sovereigns, making the requisite declarations, which are more at large set down here in writing.

      he claims the piece of land before even stepping foot on said land? hmm...

    16. At two o’clock in the morning the land was discovered, at two leagues’ distance;

      finally!

    17. a piece of cane

      sugar cane?

    18. for the Admiral had given orders to that effect.

      so much lying about seeing land! or are they hallucinating?

    19. the needles

      by needles he means compass, right?

    20. Those on board the Nina ascended the rigging, and all declared they saw land. The Admiral also thought it was land,

      the power of suggestion!

    21. demanded of the Admiral a reward for his intelligence.

      seems a bit greedy...

    22. Part of the day saw no weeds, afterwards great plenty of it.

      exciting!

    23. Saw a whale, an indication of land, as they always keep near the coast.

      Do whales keep to the coast?

    24. Here the pilots found their places upon the chart: the reckoning of the Nina made her four hundred and forty leagues distant from the Canaries, that of the Pinta four hundred and twenty, that of the Admiral four hundred.

      how are the three ships communicating with each other if they are this far apart?

    25. the seamen were terrified

      why?

    26. saw a large fragment of the mast of a vessel

      that can't be a good sign

    27. that the crew might not be dismayed if the voyage should prove long.

      did they not know that the plan was to sail around the world before departing?

    28. which he affirmed he saw every year, and always of the same appearance

      well yeah...land doesn't move(at least not very quickly)

    29. perpetual Viceroy and Governor in all the islands and continents which I might discover and acquire, or which may hereafter he discovered and acquired in the ocean; and that this dignity should be inherited by my eldest son, and thus descend from degree to degree forever

      that's a lot of power...could go to someone's head...

    30. countries of India

      that's what you think!

    31. the holy Father had never granted his request, whereby great numbers of people were lost, believing in idolatry and doctrines of perdition

      conflicts over religion led to many deaths of those who weren't followers of the "right" religion

  3. Aug 2015
    1. The Indian population collapsed. Within a few generations a whole island had been depopulated and a whole people exterminated.

      Utter destruction.

    2. But Columbus underestimated the size of the globe by a full two-thirds and therefore believed it was possible.

      So was Columbus's success due to luck or not knowing?