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1493: Columbus Stole All He Could See. Uh oh…. Disclaimer: This lesson will turn your understanding of Columbus upside down. However, Mr. McLaughlin does not encourage hatred or rebellion against anyone or anything. (except for bad history)

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uh oh
Uh oh…
  • Disclaimer: This lesson will turn your understanding of Columbus upside down.
  • However, Mr. McLaughlin does not encourage hatred or rebellion against anyone or anything. (except for bad history)
  • Seeking new perspective, not to throw dirt on anyone (post modern history- Jess Noll knows about this one)
columbus and the natives p 36
Columbus and the Natives (p. 36)
  • Could conquer the island with 50 men
  • Sent slaves back to Spain- “thank you for the investment”
  • Columbus killed or enslaved Natives that would not accept Roman Catholicism
    • Beginning of slave trade
    • “The Requirement”- promises war and death if Natives don’t convert
paying tribute p 56
Paying Tribute (p 56)
  • If the Natives provide gold or 25 pounds of cotton they receive a copper token necklace
  • If they could not pay tribute had their hands chopped off
  • Decimated Native economy, society, and politics
  • Impossible to sustain, Natives died too quickly
encomienda system
Encomienda System
  • Spanish first trade useless items for gold, even though Columbus said “No”
  • Native Village granted to Colonist
  • Essentially slavery
  • Spanish made Natives mine for gold, plant cash crops, literally carry them places
native reaction
Native Reaction
  • Can’t farm or live when you need to mine or grow cash crops
  • Suicide
    • Jumping from cliffs
  • Women kill their children
  • Ran into the woods to escape
  • Fight against the Europeans
  • Carab population drops from 250,000 to 500 in 1550
making war
Making War
  • Canons, horses, disease, attack dogs to subdue Natives
    • Hunted humans for sport
  • Raped women
  • Disfigured Natives for slight or no infraction- sent back to village as a warning
how did this happen
How did this happen…
  • Cognitive dissonance theory
  • Belief that Europeans are superior, Roman Catholicism is superior, whites are superior
  • Not enough opposition to outweigh the $
    • Bartolome de las Casas- Spanish priest who tried to reform Spanish practices
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