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  • Arawak Indian Analysis

    While “discovering” America, Columbus destroyed an entire civilization. This was that of the Arawak Indians, whom he enslaved for his own purposes. Columbus was a ruthless murderer who essentially killed and destroyed many lives and homes, with no legitimate reason. The Arawak Indians withstood brutal torture from Columbus and his comrades, but finally, they fled. Still, they were hunted down, tortured, and killed. Now, not one Arawak Indian remains alive today. Columbus was a very greedy, selfish, and untrustworthy man. This is shown many times, even before he arrived in the Bahama’s. The actual reason Columbus accepted and went on this mission was because of what he would get. The people of Spain promised him that if he brought back gold and spices, he would get 10% of the profits. So say, if he brought back gold and spices worth 100,000 dollars, he would get 10,000. Still, that is not all. He would also get governorship over new-found lands, and “the fame that would go with a new title: Admiral of the Ocean Sea.” In fact, when he was still on the ship, it was said that the first person to spot land would get a huge reward. A sailor on the ship named Rodrigo saw land, but Columbus claimed he saw it the night before. He got the reward. This…

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  • Zinns Basic Criticism Of Christopher Columbus

    6. What major issues does Bartolome de las Casas bring up regarding Spanish expeditions in the Caribbean? * Bartolome brings up the treatment of the native people by the Spaniards. He tells about the living styles and what kind of people the Indians were. He also says that the Spaniards grow more and more conceited. He described how the natives died, disappeared, and were killed by the Spaniards. 7. Identify one early and one subsequent motive that drove Columbus to oppress indigenous…

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  • Christopher Columbus A Heroic Figure

    eventually lead to the downfall of their people. As one of the major motives of Columbus’ exploration was to bring back gold to the Spanish crown, he immediately thought they would know how to get gold for him and consequently took some aboard ship as prisoners. After not finding much gold, they took slaves to fill up the ships, leading to death of those enslaved. A gold requirement was also set up in an attempt to create an incentive for the Indians and those who did not meet this were forcibly…

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  • Arawak Case Study

    The next case study examines the links between globalisation and conflict in Peruvian Arawak communities, specifically the occurrence of accusations of child sorcery. In the 2003 book ‘Darkness and Secrecy: The Anthropology of Assault Sorcery and Witchcraft in Amazonia’, author Fernando Santos wrote a chapter exploring how the modernising forces of globalisation often result in an escalation in accusations of witchcraft among children. Globalisation in the Arawak communities over the last couple…

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  • Christopher Columbus Controversy

    King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, the primary financial providers of Columbus’s expeditions, insured first man who spotted land a yearly pension of 10,000 maravedis for life (Zinn 2). However, Columbus stated he saw the island several hours earlier and claimed the pension for himself (Crawford 25). Furthermore, when Christopher Columbus arrived on the Bahamian Island, the local Arawak Indians immediately greeted him and offered food, water, and gifts (Zinn 1). Despite the generosity…

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  • Resistance In The Caribbean

    fifteen century to the sixteen century, when Columbus voyaged across the Carribean. Like many other European explorers, Columbus encountered many indigenous people throughout his voyages. These indigenous people were divided into three groups called the Arawaks, the Island Caribs and the Siboneys. The Arawaks were the first people that inhabited the islands in the Caribbean and they were usually called the Tainos in the Spanish-speaking countries. The Island Caribs were newcomers to the Islands…

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  • Cultural Genocide In The Mission

    any Indians who converted to Christianity exercised their right of agency. No indian was ever forced to convert, or was punished because they didn't. There is no doubt that the Jesuits had good intentions and infact were not guilty of robbing the indians of their culture. Contrary to what Columbus wanted with the Arawaks, the Jesuit’s goal was for them to live in harmony with the Guarani. Unfortunately that was cut short because of the Portuguese; the true cultural genocide…

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  • Columbus The Indians Summary

    Columbus begins a journey to find gold with little knowledge of where the gold actually is located. He begins his journey to Asia, where the gold is said to be located. Columbus is ill equipped for his long journey across the unknown seas. The Indians know as the Arawak Indians, and they were described as being naked, and full of wonder. They came out from their villages and greeted the travelers with open arms and gifts. Arawak seemed selfless and very willing to share whatever they owned.…

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  • Argumentative Essay On Native Americans

    For example, in his paper, Zinn talks about how the Arawaks - the first Native Americans that Columbus met - were a community based, agriculturally centered people, adding that they had no horses, work animals, or iron, therefore living a peaceful, somewhat primitive civilization, with no defense against outsiders with malicious intent. However, by focusing on the Arawaks, Zinn completely ignores the other Native American tribes that Columbus encountered, such as the South American Aztecs who…

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  • St Lucia Essay

    What do you know the history of the island state in the Caribbean, called St. Lucia? St. Lucia is only 27 miles long and has a width of a short 14 miles and the capital and major port is Castries, but who lived on the island and why were Europeans interested in it? What was life like for the people on St. Lucia before, during, and after the British empire had ruled and how indigenous systems have changed since the island won its independence from the British. The Arawak were the earliest…

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