The Truth: Some Indigenous People Had Slaves - Columbus Did Not

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"On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas and changed the course of world history forever. In honor of this historic event, Columbus Day is observed in the United States, Latin America, Spain, and Italy. In more recent years, however, there's been increasing opposition to Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples' Day. According to the left's narrative, the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World marked the beginning of one of the largest genocides in human history. But was it really?

It's true that many American Indians died after the Europeans discovered the Americas. However, the vast majority of the native population, some 75 to 95 percent, were killed by Old World diseases to which they had no immunity. While no less a tragedy, it does not constitute a genocide. A genocide requires a calculated, deliberate intent to exterminate a whole group of people. The Europeans were unaware that the natives didn't have immunity to Old World diseases, let alone how infectious diseases even worked. Germ theory was not fully developed and accepted until the latter half of the nineteenth century. It should also be noted that in the United States, at least, there was never a government policy for extermination. On the contrary, you don't set up reservations and inoculate the people you are trying to exterminate.

American Indians also conquered other native peoples for their land and to acquire slaves. Slavery was widely practiced in pre-Columbian America, just as it was practiced everywhere at the time. According to the Standard Cross-Cultural Files, at least thirty-nine pre-Columbian societies in North America alone practiced slavery, and it was not at all different from the slavery practiced elsewhere. Indian slave masters had complete control over their slaves, even to kill them if they desired. It's a little known fact that in the nineteenth century, American Indians began to acquire black slaves. In fact, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole Indians took a number of black slaves with them as they were forcibly relocated to Oklahoma "Indian" Territory. In short, American Indians had the same sins and vices as the Europeans, and even some they didn't have.

Nothing highlights this more than the Aztecs in what is today Mexico. The Aztecs had an unrivaled occult bloodlust. Some historians estimate that the Aztecs ritually sacrificed 50,000 people per year in a population area of four to five million. That equated to sacrificing one percent of their total population annually. Those ritually sacrificed were often captives taken from neighboring tribes. The manner in which they were sacrificed was particularly barbaric. Captives were taken to the top of a temple and laid upon a stone slab. The priest would then take a sharp knife, plunge it into their chests, and rip out their still-beating hearts. The bodies were then dismembered, the torso kicked down the temple steps, and the limbs were eaten. The heads of the sacrificed were placed on a pole and kept as trophies. Bernal Díaz del Castillo, who accompanied Hernán Cortés on his conquest of Mexico, witnessed more than one hundred thousand skulls stacked meticulously on top of one another, which Aztec texts, frescoes, and archeology have confirmed. Most of the victims were men, but women and children were also sacrificed. Women would also have their hearts ripped out, but more often they were slowly beheaded and skinned. The priests would often wear these human skins while the sacrifices continued. In one event, during the consecration of a new temple, an estimated 20,000 to 80,000 people were sacrificed over a four-day period. That is the very definition of a genocide.

After the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors and ensuing conflicts, the Spanish witnessed some of their own being taken captive by the Aztecs. The Spanish prisoners were stripped naked, brought to the temple, and forced to dance naked for an hour. Afterward, the Aztec high priest sacrificed them alive, ripping out their hearts and dismembering them, as was commonly practiced. When Cortés finally conquered the Aztecs, much of the slaughter that ensued was done by their Indian allies, who hated the Aztecs with a passion. The conquistadors were certainly no saints, but not even the worst among them practiced human sacrifice or ate human flesh. The Aztecs were not alone when it came to human sacrifice and cannibalism. The Mayans, Incas, and other tribes had similar practices, including sacrificing children and infants.

When Columbus discovered the Americas, he encountered friendly natives, but he also encountered hostile natives. Upon his second trip to the Americas, he encountered the Caribs, from which the word "Caribbean" is derived. According to historian Samuel Eliot Morison, Columbus's search parties on Guadeloupe found a disturbing sight: "They found large cuts and joints of human flesh ... caponized Arawak boy captives who were being fattened for the griddle, and girl captives who were mainly used to produce babies, which the Caribs regarded as a particularly toothsome morsel." The French explorer Florentine Giovanni da Verrazzano is said to have been eaten on the beaches of Guadeloupe by Caribs while his companions looked on from their ship in horror."

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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    What? This can't be! Only the white people are evil and must atone for their sins. These others were simple misled third worlders, and can hardly be help accountable for their actions.

    We should clearly enumerate the collective conscience on various ethnicities:

    US - Evil capitalists, except for the black people and some Hispanics.
    British - Evil conquerors
    Spanish - Evil conquerors (but only around this time when we think about legacy holidays)
    French - well, we really don't know what they did in Africa, and Vietnam was all about Nixon, right
    Irish - well they are ok except for the drinking.
    Japanese - nice people, that make great cars, especially Toyota none of which ever break or pollute. Detroit was just nasty capitalists that make crap and dirty cars.
    Chinese - a great, ancient, wise society of scholars. They are our friends now. I see them every day on the labels at Walmart.
    Indians - They are smart, but talk funny. I don't think their stuff is really "culture" because they have money. "Culture" comes from the poor.
    Russians - tough, but they seem ok. What did they ever do wrong?

    There are only two things I can't stand, bigots and the Dutch!
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  • Posted by $ allosaur 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    Just as me dino began to read the article, me thought this thought,"Me dino will have to tell these folks about the baby eating cannibal slavers whose name I can't remember for reading about them a very long time ago."
    By the time I finished reading, I was all, "Oops, they were called the Caribs. Never mind."
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    You got the history correct, however, to the left of heartlessness, to the commies, the marxist, the anarchist and makes not a lick of difference...they'll tear it down anyway.
    They reside not upon the fence of believing one side or the other or even in indecision but under the fence of believing neither side while infecting both sides with green grass killer.
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  • Posted by $ Stormi 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    I think the more important issue is, Blacks had slaves in the US. They also wanted to become rich, and were happy to use other blacks to make it happen. Tehy were none to kind to their slaves either. Lets be real, it was Blacks in Africa who sole other blacks into slavery into other countries.
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  • Posted by $ pixelate 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    This may come as a surprise, but what you have shared regarding the brutality of the Meso-Americans was part of the lectures while earning my BS in Computer Science (1983-87) at a rather liberal state college in Wisconsin. The professor for early American civilizations minced no words in describing the torture and sacrificial actions performed by the Aztecs, in particular, the level of efficiency exacted in terms of killing the vanquished. One image sticks in my mind -- during the dedication of a pyramid, the victims would be led in a procession to the comb near the summit, where a priest would cut out the heart and spill the blood of the dying individual in such a way that it would flow down the stone steps -- with so many dead, that river of blood would reach all the way to the base of the pyramid. That professor retired several years ago. I doubt that the current faculty have any interest in sharing that history with the students of today.
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  • Posted by jdg 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    This does not agree with what I learned and still believe. Slavery in the New World began as soon as Columbus set up his personal kingdom on Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic) in 1501. About 20 years after that, when his kingdom had killed off nearly all of the estimated 80,000 natives on that island, the trade to bring in slaves from West Africa began.
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    • Posted by mccannon01 4 months, 2 weeks ago
      "Slavery in the New World began as soon as Columbus..." Uh, no. Slavery existed in the Americas long before Columbus showed up.

      "...when his kingdom had killed off nearly all of the estimated 80,000 natives..." Uh, no. Disease was the primary killer and was not a deliberate action on anyone's part. It was no more deliberate or different historically than the Mongol hordes bringing the bubonic plague to Europe, which estimates indicate killed between 25 and 66 percent of the native population.
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  • Posted by SilentScream 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    Most folks don't know this, but Hitler isn't really dead. Not at all. He hides in our hearts for all to see whenever/wherever we see him in others without saying "just like me"
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    • Posted by $ blarman 4 months, 2 weeks ago
      The spirit which seeks to dominate all mankind finds hold primarily in those who also lust for power. And the only thing which changes is the self-denial that "we'll do things differently this time."
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