Columbus was a sex slaver, mass murderer, and gold-greedy Italian pirate – Matthew Inman

“What Columbus did to the Arawaks of the Bahamas, Cortes did to the Aztecs of Mexico, Pizarro to the Incas of Peru, and the English settlers of Virginia and Massachusetts to the Powhatans and the Pequots. They used the same tactics, and for the same reasons—the frenzy in the early capitalist states of Europe for gold, for slaves, for products of the soil, to pay the bondholders and stockholders of the expeditions, to finance the monarchical bureaucracies rising in Western Europe, to spur the growth of the new money economy rising out of feudalism. … These were the violent beginnings of an intricate system of technology, business, politics, and culture that would dominate the world for the next five centuries.” – Howard Zinn in The Real Christopher Columbus 

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To learn what transpired between the Italian pirate Columbus and the Lucayan natives of the Caribbean, continue reading this fascinating story on The Oatmeal website here →