Well, you know, research can be a strange bedfellow sometimes, and this bit of research and historical account is something that I bet you’ll not read in any history book — unless you really search for it.
It’s not a nice piece of history, all decked out with ribbons and glory, but having learned of this through some research — and with Columbus day coming upon us — I thought I’d post this piece, although it might be one of the most unpopular blogs I’ve done. Some things, however, should be known.
I had run across this research orginally several years ago — but not in any detail, and certainly not enough information to do a blog. But recently, I’ve had my nose in history and other such things, and this popped up again. Thus, my post today.
I guess we’ll start with the brothers Christopher and Bartholomew Columbus and their second trip to the Americas. One thing I hadn’t been aware of and probably other people aren’t either, is that Christopher had a brother who sailed with him. Another fact that many are not aware of is that these brothers were not Spanish, but were Italians. And although this next part is generally known to the American Indian, it gets no “press” in the educational system, and so this information might seem strange to you at first.
The fact of the matter is that these two people were responsible for the mass murder of about two million Taino people who were living on the island of Hispaniola. They accomplished this terrible crime in approximately four years, but the crux of the story is not only the genocide (which is bad enough), but the bestiality by which they accomplished this act. Another fact that isn’t well known is that neither Christopher not his brother, Bartholomew were of the Christian faith. They had “escaped” harm in Spain by pretending to convert to Christianity. But the truth of the matter is that it was a lie, was nothing more than pretense, and was done, so the story goes, in order to escape torture, themselves.
It’s reported that Christopher Columbus personally killed approximately 500,000 American Indians. How he and his brother did this was to erect wide gibbets — gibbets is that structure that is made to hang people. But they didn’t merely hang their victims, they did it in such a way so that their feet could hardly touch the ground. Worse, however, they lit a low fire under them that caused a painfully slow death.
Another fact that isn’t generally known (although it IS known amongst American Indians) is that Christopher Columbus and his brother had come on this, their second trip, to get slaves, which they did do. Those souls that they could get their hands on — that they didn’t kill by slow torture — they loaded onto their ship, and set sail. Rape was another crime that this man and his brother were responsible for. Rape, murder and theft.
The interesting thing is that there were other explorers before Columbus who had made journeys to America. Why was this mass murderer given credit for this “discovery”? After much pondering, I guess my theory for this historical lie is because the history books are written by those who conquer a people, and the more I delve into history (real history), the more I become of the opinion that the history that we are spoon fed in school is nothing more than fairy-tales, all dressed up to hide the ugly truth. Sigh…
I’m going to leave the website where I got some of this information, but a word of caution about this site — it may contain ideas and express opinions that could be offensive to some. So although I will give credit to this website for some of this information, I would also state here and now that I give it with a word of caution, okay? Open it up at your own risk. http://therebel.org Well, there you have it. Having run across much of this information years ago, I stopped celebrating Columbus day several years back. If anything, when that day comes, I say a prayer for those nameless souls whose only fault was that they weren’t like he was. They were different.
But there’s a saying that I’ll leave you with “viva la difference.” (French for “Long Live the Difference.)
Well, there you have it. Please don’t shoot me, but please come on in and leave a message. Let me know your thoughts.