Analysis Of Christopher Columbus 's ' 1492 ' Essay

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Founded on December 5, 1492 by Christopher Columbus, the island of Hispaniola was originally inhabited by the Taíno Arawak people. Ayiti, which means “mountainous land,” is a name used by its early inhabitants; the Taino-Arawak people, who also called it Bohio, which denotes “rich villages,” and Quisqueya, which signifies “high land.” The said Taínos were South American Arawaks, with Taíno meaning “the good” or “noble” in their language. Many of the Taíno-Arawak people are extinct but, there are a few survivors that are mixed with African slaves and European conquerors. Columbus on the other hand had to leave 39 of his men being that they settled in La Navidad; because he left his men, enslavement became such an issue since the treatment of the slaves were harsh and these people brought disease that the Natives were not used to having for example, smallpox. With the treatment of their people and the diseases being brought upon them the Taíno population took a nosedive over the next quarter century.
By 1664, France demanded control over the western portion of Hispaniola, thus leading to Spain ceding the western portion to France by the Treaty of Ryswick in 1697, subsequently, France naming its new colony Saint-Domingue. The French owned the western portion and Spanish owned the eastern portion, while the Spanish neglected its share of the land the French made use of its side of the property, as a result, made the western division one of the richest colonies in the Western…

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