As far as we know, the new world —the American Continent— was discovered by some “brave” dude on 1492. As far as I know, the Tainos were already living there and had a very organized society with political, economic and religious structure before they found Christopher Columbus, the renowned explorer, lost at the sea.
I do not know whose creative writer is behind the composition of history books and how much are they paying him for, but one thing is for sure, he or she is being effective into selling people fiction for history. Who might be the one managing such evil enterprise, other than the “winner” of these outrageous wars? (Wars in which only one side was able to actually fight).There is not perspective of the loser, there’s no the other ring of the bell; we have a biased version of the reality which at the end of the day have its own political purpose.
This discoverer and explorer greatest “accomplishment” was in fact the extermination of a whole race. Let’s be honest, not all of us can say we have the power to lash out so many out of interest conflicts; he carries in his shoulders one of the most atrocious genocides ever committed and less spoken and discussed about.
Fray Bartolome de Las casas, was one of the few that counted and recorded in his dairy the amount of indigenous people that were murdered, with and ending account of three millions. But they were not only murdered, they were enslaved, they were raped, tortured, fed to the dogs, put to forced labor in mines; creating a chaos out of their ignorance/innocence to finally destroy their world as they used to know it. This lead into mass suicides in which many within an aborigine jurisdiction would dispose their life. Mothers would kill their own Childs in order to take them away from such a bitter reality of abuse. These people were desperate to scape their present by any means. Their gods must had forsaken them, I guess they would though.
Monarchy, the worst of all institutions funded by men, the reason that pushed the French revolution, was of course funding this greed voyages. This was not for the sake of art, King Ferdinand and queen Isabel, Spain’s head of state at the time, were thirsty of power and wealth, a thirst that a thousand Gatorades could not have quenched. They ended up budgeting a genocide lead by the Honorable for whom we celebrate every October 12.
Let us not forget the fact all of this was connected and promoted by the Catholic Church. The Native Americans infidels, as the Islam extremist would call them, needed to be brought upon Christianity, and there we had of course that spiritual (religious) excuse to justify such society cancer known as colonialism; because I doubt God had anything to do with appointing them in lead of these archaic people to be shown into modernity and Christianity, as these European all used to claim.
Funny thing is that Columbus —despite the low standards on human rights and equality by the time— found himself being hugged by chains (arrested) and kind of deported back to Spain; he was forcefully released from his ruling due to cruelty against the natives. He ended up being incarcerated for a period of time.
A meme with a picture of Native Americans it’s running on social media with a message on it that says “Homeland Security” “Fighting Terrorism since 1492”. This is quite subversive to the norm this society has implanted in our minds. It challenges our views to stand at an opposite approach that differs and defies everything as we know it.
Our “guy” was at the end of the day, the founding father of Slavery trade in America. If we do the math, guess what happened after the Spanish colonists exterminated most of their Taino servants? Who were the ones to replace them? Who were going to be the ones to keep building their cities? Black men.
All of this story reminds me of The Aeneid, which is a text requested to the poet Virgilio by the Caesar August. He ought to write the roman history and to portray how their ancestor were justifiably connected to the gods. This ended up being quite mythological, instead of a reliable source, this over the time of course; it was first history, then over the centuries, literature. So know that I think about it, the history courses we had taken at school should be considered to be re-baptized, and change their name to something that would suit better such as: “Bullshit” or better yet “Political Agenda”
We ought not to repeat mistakes from the past. This kind of happenings which are imperative for all of us to know, not just from one angle, but from every single one them, can make us take a more accurate perception of our reality and grasp what is based upon into our subconscious in order to manage the present successfully. As a result, we would not have Christopher Columbus being a synonym of something he quite do not represents. Demagoguery is a tool used against the citizens not only at times when a certain amount of votes is needed, but also when our path needs to be shaped and our steps controlled.
Overall, I might be arbitrary by judging the ending of the middle Ages from a modern perspective, which it is not necessarily objective, but we certainly need to pass moderation on the events that had serve as foundation of our future: our past.