The European discovery of America opened possibilities for those with eyes to see. But Columbus was not one of them
By Edmund S. Morgan
But even as the Europeans admired the Indians' simplicity, they were troubled by it, troubled and offended. Innocence never fails to offend, never fails to invite attack, and the Indians seemed the most innocent people anyone had ever seen. Without the help of Christianity or of civilization, they had attained virtues that Europeans liked to think of as the proper outcome of Christianity and civilization. The fury with which the Spaniards assaulted the Arawaks even after they had enslaved them must surely have been in part a blind impulse to crush an innocence that seemed to deny the Europeans' cherished assumption of their own civilized, Christian superiority over naked, heathen barbarians.
Anyway, it's that time of the year again. Time for our annual spate of Columbus protests and postings. Here are a couple:
The Truth About Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus was not the first to discover the Americas, nor was he the first to realize that the earth is round. He was the first , however, in other exploits, namely genocide and the transatlantic slave trade . Doesn't sound familiar? Read on.
For more on Columbus, see Giant Columbus Statue Rejected and Preview of Columbus Day Legacy.