Essay on The Mythology of the Taino

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For many years, throughout the history of humanity, many parts of the world have been changed as a result of take over. Colonization is defined as the creation and maintenance of an unequal economic, cultural, and territorial relationship, usually between states and often in the form of an empire, based on domination and subordination of indigenous people. Although many argue that colonization is a natural path a country must take in order to develop and come out on top, it is also important to understand that the process if colonizing a nation or country means grave loss to the culture of the indigenous people. With history being key indication, we must understand that all actions have consequences and through learning how people and …show more content…
Upon arriving on the island, he set up banners in order to claim the land for the Spanish Monarchs. His interactions and perceptions with the Taino people were what initiated the launch of Spain’s colonization in the America’s. Unlike the admiration the English expressed upon meeting the indigenous people upon arrival (Hans, 1993), the result of the Spanish and Taino cultures meeting was plagued by many misconceptions on both sides. Columbus had predisposed beliefs and views toward the indigenous people through reading what previous explorers wrote, his own expectations of this “simplistic” culture, and by judging them in accordance with the Catholic belief, and influences of Western Europe at the time. The Taino also had misconstrued views of their visitors upon meeting them. Having very heavy religious beliefs in mythology, the Spaniards were seen as God-like to the indigenous people and were welcoming, maybe too much so, to these newcomers. For the Spaniards however, this was an advantage, as it furthered their plans to manipulate these uncultured natives and use them, and their wealthy lands, for profit not only because Taino were seen as inferior, but because the Catholic Church has deemed it to be Spain’s’ “divine right” (Gonzalez, 2000).
Before the voyages of Columbus’ sails, Spain had already previously

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