Steve's Soapbox

Friday, July 30, 2004

Christopher Columbus: Hero or Terrorist ?

Was Christopher Columbus an adventurer who discovered America or was his actions more in line with the "exceeding dreadful" beast of Daniel 7:19. What really happened when Christopher Columbus came to America?

The event is fraught with misinformation. Let us start with the voyage itself. Contrary to the myth the weather was quite good and the Pinta, Nina and Santa Maria had clear sailing. This is confirmed by Columbus’ own journal. Second, the ships themselves were fully suited for their purposes and hardly the small tiny ships that we have been led to believe. Third, the voyage only took one month not two and the crew was not on the verge of near mutiny but were simply getting on each others' nerves. The Columbus biographer Samuel Eliot Morison confirms this.

Upon arriving the natives went out to meet Columbus. They were friendly and gregarious. How did Columbus react? Well he said, "I could conquer them with fifty men and govern them as I please." So he kidnapped several of them and took them back to Spain where they met the queen. This was enough, along with the promise of gold, to finance another voyage by Columbus.

When Columbus returned he demanded gold. To ensure cooperation those who refused or committed a minor offense had their nose and ears cut off. His men demanded their women for sexual purposes and raped them. Finally, the Arawaks had enough and resisted. This turned into an outright slaughter by Columbus. He turned his attack dogs loose who ripped the resisters apart. Finding no gold he captured about 1,500 natives, took them from their families and set off to Spain where 500 of them would die along the way. Now Columbus brought the name of God into the picture, "In the name of Holy Trinity, we can send from here all the slaves and brazil-wood which could be sold." Columbus acted in a manner that was more devil like than God like. How often are atrocities performed in the name of God? This is simply Satan working to deceive people.

But the worst was yet to come and Columbus instituted a reign of terror. He demanded that the natives pay the crown a tribute. Those who did not had their hands cut off. Pedro de Cordoro wrote back to the King about what was happening and said, "As a result of the sufferings and hard labor they have endured, the Indians choose and have chosen suicide." He went on to say that, rather than give birth, women killed themselves and their newborn infants. The men of Columbus brought with them diseases as well. This was an ecological disaster that caused the death of over 3,000,000 Arawaks in the course of fifty years. To fill the vacancy left by this, Columbus brought slaves from Africa. So, Columbus was directly responsible for the introduction of the slave trade to the New World. This was the start of capitalism. The Catholic Church backed this genocide and European rule replaced a Utopia. These are the thoughts of Sir Thomas More who challenged European hierarchy with the examples of the native Americans.

Christopher Columbus was an ungodly man who behaved more like the antichrist than an adventurer who wanted to prove to the "queen" that the world was round. Yet the United States honors this man with a holiday each year. The USA screams for Bin Laden's head (and rightly so) while at the same time having a national holiday for a terrorist. Ironic isn't it?