Sunday, October 07, 2007

Columbus Day

Gateway Pundit has a bit on anti-Columbus Day protesters in Colorado. You know "the evil white man destroyed the noble Indians and we therefor wish to atone for the sins of our ancestors" types. Have I got news for them.

The Indians fought wars with each other all the time for territory.

The white man was just a better Indian.

Cross Posted at Classical Values


Reliapundit said...

well said

The Rascal said...

You might want to brush up on your history of Columbus and the Indians. Here's what Chris wrote in his report to Ferdinand and Isabella:

"These people in the Caribbean have no creed and they are not idolaters, but they are very gentle and do not know what it is to be wicked, or to kill others, or to steal...and they are sure that we come from Heaven....So your Highnesses should resolve to make them Christians, for I believe that if you begin, in a little while you will achieve the conversion of a great number of peoples to our holy faith, with the acquisition of great lordships and riches and all their inhabitants for Spain. For without doubt there is a very great amount of gold in these lands….

"The people of this island [Hispaniola], and of all the others that I have found and seen, or not seen, all go naked, men and women, just as their mothers bring them forth; although some women cover a single place with the leaf of a plant, or a cotton something which they make for that purpose. They have no iron or steel, nor any weapons....They have no other weapons than the stems of reeds...on the end of which they fix little sharpened stakes. Even these they dare not use....they are incurably timid....

"I have not found, nor had any information of monsters, except of an island which is here the second in the approach of the Indies, which is inhabited by a people whom, in all the islands, they regard as very ferocious, who eat human flesh….

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 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. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want."

Nice guy, that Chris. He envisions subjugating the natives and making them do "whatever we want."

M. Simon said...


Before we had engines to do our work it was the ethos of the day.

White inventors were the real killers of slavery. The Greeks had it. The Romans had it. etc. It was considered right and proper. Even the ancient Jews had a slave system. It was kinder and gentler by law. The Jubilee was part of it. But still.

The strong always dominated the weak until Samuel Colt equalized them.

In any case I had in mind North America. Look on my side bar for Bad Eagle. A Comanche.

I don't hold Columbus' culture against him.