Don’t celebrate Christopher Columbus Day unless you know who he really was and what he really did.

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Christopher Columbus
1: Early development as an asshole of mega-proportions

Columbus first revealed his asshole streak by supporting the kicking of Muslims and Jews out of Spain — which was hardly an uncommon thought for most Spaniards of the day, indeed, most Europeans were socially conditioned into being anti-Semitic. Where as most of the common folk were tricked into thinking that God actually wanted this, the nobility and royalty knew it for what it was — Conquest for riches.Columbus was no different. We’re frequently told that he was trying to find a faster trade route to India but that was only part of his orders. Here is an excerpt of a letter he sent to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.

“Your Highnesses, as Catholic Christians and Princes who love the holy Christian faith, and the propagation of it, and who are enemies to the sect of Mahoma [Islam] and to all idolatries and heresies, resolved to send me, Cristóbal Colon, to the said parts of India to see the said princes … with a view that they might be converted to our holy faith …. Thus, after having turned out all the Jews from all your kingdoms and lordships … your Highnesses gave orders to me that with a sufficient fleet I should go to the said parts of India …. I shall forget sleep, and shall work at the business of navigation, so that the service is performed.”

-In a letter to King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella of Spain

You gotta wonder if he believed his own bullshit though.

Columbus was generally considered a fool by most of his contemporaries he had difficulty fitting into most private circles. Lacking any other place to fit in, he stayed at the Spanish court for years and the brown-nosing of the royal couple began in order to gain financial backing for his voyage. It wasn’t until 1492 that Columbus sailed the ocean blue. See what I did there?

2: First arrival

Despite the claim that he discovered a new world he never actually claimed that it was the New World. That came later. He never, ever claimed that it was something new. Despite failing to find gold and spices and all the stuff one would expect to find in the “Far East,” he still assumed he had found a way to get to India from the west. Failing didn’t stop him from some-crazy-how securing enough money from the crown to go on a second voyage. He was either an awesome “salesman” or he was boinking the king or queen. I kinda think it was the later. Of course I have no proof. Also the whole increased riches and property for Spain thing works too.

Upon arriving in the San Salvador he realized how amazingly “primitive” he found the people. He considered them primitive because they had no idea about the rest of the world’s current technology. With their isolation how could they? They hadn’t ever seen a sword or a gun or a huge ship capable of carrying cannons and blitzing the shit out of anything the cannon balls hit. He even bragged about how easy it would be to conquer them! Here is another excerpt of a letter he sent to King Ferdinand!

“They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… . They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

-In a letter to King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella of Spain

3: Rape, Pillage and Decimation

And then there was the rape, which I personally find the most inhumane of everything that happened. (Besides the mass killings of course) This may be because I’m a woman, but I could see myself wanting to personally destroy every iota of his being for that alone. I live in 2014 though, not 1492

After such a long voyage and nearly losing his life (twice) in the process (because he was such a dick and such an incompetent leader) and women and children were “given” to his men.

One of his men and a childhood friend of Mr. Epic Dumb Ass, a Michele da Cuneo, describes in a letter home how he gleefully raped a native Caribbean woman.

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Michele da Cuneo

“While I was in the boat, I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, whom the said Lord Admiral gave to me. When I had taken her to my cabin she was naked—as was their custom. I was filled with a desire to take my pleasure with her and attempted to satisfy my desire. She was unwilling, and so treated me with her nails that I wished I had never begun. But—to cut a long story short—I then took a piece of rope and whipped her soundly, and she let forth such incredible screams that you would not have believed your ears. Eventually we came to such terms, I assure you, that you would have thought that she had been brought up in a school for whores.”

-Michele da Cuneo

This alone makes me believe I would have looked the other way and cheered silently at any method of execution he could have received. If he had been executed for anything. He is a thin, sallow, decrepit looking man and as if being raped wasn’t terrifying enough being raped by a guy that looked like THAT must have appeared to look like death himself. Can you imagine mass rape? The psychological trauma of virtually every woman and child in some way? Even those who were lucky enough to escape rape. Imagine the lasting damage, the PTSD, the illnesses. Apply what we know about psychological and physical trauma and apply it to what those poor people went through. In his own way Columbus was just as bad as Pol Pot, Hitler or Stalin. He decimated entire cultures for money. Here is the definition of culture as defined by Merriam-Webster:

• The beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time

•A particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.

•A way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business)

So basically, he didn’t just decimate a people he decimated their culture. Their SOUL. He utterly ruined everything they ever stood for or abided by. He took their joys and sorrows from them and gave them something worse to feel. He wasn’t only an asshole of epic proportions to the people who weren’t among his own kind though…

He withheld pay from his soldiers/sailors and frequently cheated them out of their money as he did with the man who actually first “discovered’ (from a European point of view) what is now called San Salvador, a dude called Rodrigo de Triana. Columbus claimed he had seen it first through the haze of darkness and kept the money for himself. Basically it was:

de Triana: Dude! Land! I’m gonna be rich! “LAND HO! I FOUND LAND!”
*Columbus pushes him aside*
Columbus: “I FOUND IT! ME! I SAW IT FIRST! LAST NIGHT! IT WAS HAZY BUT I SAW IT!”
de Triana: But…
Columbus: Shut up! It’s mine! I found it first! Me! Me! Me!

So obviously this would have rubbed all his men the wrong way.

Of course, like our American ancestors before us, Columbus and his men used Christianity as a justification for their rape, pillaging and attempt at genocide through slavery and unswayable cruelty. His priest for the voyage, Bartolome de las Casas, seems to be the only true Christian among them.

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“From that time onward the Indians began to seek ways to throw the Christians out of their lands. They took up arms,
but their weapons were very weak and of little service in offense and still less in defense. (Because,of this, the wars
of the Indians against each other are little more than games played by children.) And the Christians, with their horses
and swords and pikes began to carry out massacres and strange cruelties against them. They attacked the towns and
spared neither the children nor the aged nor pregnant women nor women in childbed, not only stabbing them and
dismembering them but cutting them to pieces as if dealing with sheep in the slaughter house. They laid bets as to who, with one stroke of the sword, could split a man in two or could cut off his head or spill out his entrails with a
single stroke of the pike. They took infants from their mothers’ breasts, snatching them by the legs and pitching them
headfirst against the crags or snatched them by the arms and threw them into the rivers, roaring with laughter and
saying as the babies fell into the water, “Boil there, you offspring of the devil!” Other infants they put to the sword
along with their mothers and anyone else who happened to be nearby. They made some low wide gallows on which
the hanged victim’s feet almost touched the ground, stringing up their victims in lots of thirteen, in memory of Our
Redeemer and His twelve Apostles, then set burning wood at their feet and thus burned them alive. To others they
attached straw or wrapped their whole bodies in straw and set them afire. With still others, all those they wanted to
capture alive, they cut off their hands and hung them round the victim’s neck, saying, “Go now, carry the message,”
meaning, Take the news to the Indians who have fled to the mountains. They usually dealt with the chieftains and
nobles in the following way: they made a grid of rods which they placed on forked sticks, then lashed the victims to
the grid and lighted a smoldering fire underneath, so that little by little, as those captives screamed in despair and
torment, their souls would leave them.

I once saw this, when there were four or five nobles lashed on grids and burning; I seem even to recall that there
were two or three pairs of grids where others were burning, and because they uttered such loud screams that they
disturbed the captain’s sleep, he ordered them to be strangled. And the constable, who was worse than an
executioner, did not want to obey that order (and I know the name of that constable and know his relatives in
Seville), but instead put a stick over the victims’ tongues, so they could not make a sound, and he stirred up the fire,
34 but not too much, so that they roasted slowly, as he liked. I saw all these things I have described, and countless
others.

And because all the people who could do so fled to the mountains to escape these inhuman, ruthless, and ferocious
acts, the Spanish captains, enemies of the human race, pursued them with the fierce dogs’ they kept which attacked
the Indians, tearing them to pieces and devouring them. And because on few and far between occasions, the Indians
justifiably killed some Christians, the Spaniards made a rule among themselves that for every Christian slain by the
Indians, they would slay a hundred Indians.”

“And the Christians, with their horses and swords and pikes began to carry out massacres and strange cruelties against them. They attacked the towns and spared neither the children nor the aged nor pregnant women nor women in childbed, not only stabbing them and dismembering them but cutting them to pieces as if dealing with sheep in the slaughter house. They laid bets as to who, with one stroke of the sword, could split a man in two or could cut off his head or spill out his entrails with a single stroke of the pike. They took infants from their mothers’ breasts, snatching them by the legs and pitching them head first against the crags or snatched them by the arms and threw them into the rivers, roaring with laughter and saying as the babies fell into the water, “Boil there, you offspring of the devil!” Other infants they put to the sword along with their mothers and anyone else who happened to be nearby. They made some low wide gallows on which the hanged victim’s feet almost touched the ground, stringing up their victims in lots of thirteen, in memory of Our Redeemer and His twelve Apostles, then set burning wood at their feet and thus burned them alive. To others they attached straw or wrapped their whole bodies in straw and set them afire. With still others, all those they wanted to capture alive, they cut off their hands and hung them round the victim’s neck, saying, “Go now, carry the message,” meaning, Take the news to the Indians who have fled to the mountains. They usually dealt with the chieftains and nobles in the following way: they made a grid of rods which they placed on forked sticks, then lashed the victims to the grid and lighted a smoldering fire underneath, so that little by little, as those captives screamed in despair and torment, their souls would leave them….”

THE DEVASTATION OF THE INDIES:
A BRIEF ACCOUNT
by Bartolome de Las Casas
1552
When Columbus arrived there were thousands of natives. When he left there were only around 200.

All this in the name of Christ! At least the priest had a soul and knew when his religion was being lead down the road to hypocrisy. Something that has never really stopped. This is why I refuse to be a member of the Christian faith. It modern Christianity many, many, many Christians don’t adhere to Christ’s message at all.

It seems like most (but not all) Christians seem to only want a return on their spiritual investment via religious hypocrisy (The bigoted ones actually think their shitty behavior towards people who are different from them will be rewarded with everlasting bliss.) and view it as a reward system more than spiritual development and I am unwilling to believe anyone in a position of Christian authority has to say. They’ve long since lost my faith in them, not in something that I call God, but it is not a Christian god or belong to any religion. He/she/it just is. I think that’s how it should be. Live a good life. Don’t hide your bigotry behind religion. Just admit to being an intolerant asshole. But I digress…

This happened again at Cuba and then again at Hispaniola.

Columbus counted the natives among his most lucrative finds and sought to open up a new world slave trade. It took Queen Isabella a few years to say no.

So this man isn’t worth celebrating. He should be condemned. There is no reason at all to venerate this guy or his men.

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3 thoughts on “Don’t celebrate Christopher Columbus Day unless you know who he really was and what he really did.

  1. autumnstrength says:

    Never even heard of chris columbus day. He sounds like a shit head.

  2. Yeah, it’s on October 13th.

  3. The whole culture of the Spanish conquistadores was abysmal. It took a long time for the invaders to even come to a semblance of civilized behaviour in California and Texas, and that was mostly because of competition from the British and French.

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