RBG Street Scholar’s Columbus Day Tribute

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Columbus did not set sail to prove the world was round. He set sail to find gold, spices, and silks, and other riches in Asia.

Columbus never set foot on North America. On October 12, 1492 he landed on an island he named San Salvador, which is located between Florida and Cuba. No one is sure which island it is today.

Columbus didn’t discover America. He is thought to be the first European to travel to the new world. Ancestors of today’s Indians discovered America.

When Columbus came to the Americas in 1492 there were as many as 70 million people living here.

The original inhabitants of the Americas had established advanced civilizations. The Maas had a system of mathematics and an accurate calendar. The Incas built a system of bridges and roads. The Aztecs’ capital city was bigger than any European city of that time.

Why aren’t we taught the whole truth about Columbus’ actions and the devastating consequences of those actions? Why are we only told about Columbus, who as a boy who always wanted to sail and then when he got older Spain provided him three ships & he sailed across the ocean and DISCOVERED A NEW WORLD! (where millions of Taino had lived for thousands of years and which we now call the Caribbean Why are we only taught about that FIRST voyage, and not the other 3 voyages, when all hell broke loose? Why aren’t we taught about how on the second voyage, unlike the first when Columbus only had 3 small old ships, Columbus was given 17 large ships and 1,500 armed men eagerly signed up for the chance to go to the “New World” with hopes of getting rich quick on the gold to be found there?

Also, why aren’t we taught about the greed and brutality of the Spaniards against the Taino (who have been remembered as ” naked savages” in our history books, if at all), and how the Taino were murdered and enslaved on that second voyage? Why are we not taught about the third voyage & how when King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella of Spain heard about Columbus’ actions in the “New World” he was sent back to Spain in chains to stand trial for his crimes, was convicted and stripped of his titles?

Or, how the Spaniards tricked 80 of the Taino leaders into a hut and burned them alive? Isn’t to omit the ugly part ofthe truth considered LYING BY OMISSION? Then, that is what our schools are doing when they only teach about the first voyage, they are lying by omission to our students, and we as a improperly educated country have a holiday for an evil, greedy, slave-trading, murderer.

Some people say he is worthy of the honor of a holiday for his nautical genius, but the Vikings sailed across the ocean to North America 500 years before, Marco Polo sailed to China & India 300 years prior and the Chinese set foot upon the very shores that Columbus did 71 years prior to the arrival of Columbus, the difference being, Columbus “claimed” the land and cites the Papal Bulls with giving him the authority to do so if no one disputes the action, and Columbus according to his journal, was careful to add that no one disputed it at the time, while admitting at the same time that they could not understand each other, so how could they be expected to understand what his flag-planting and pronunciations meant?

Many people will argue that Columbus brought Western Civilization to what is now known as the United States, and that is the reason the US bestowed upon him the honor of a holiday. But how can we make that correlation when Columbus, working for Spain, came in 1492 and the European colonizers who came here TWO HUNDRED years later, came from England? If Columbus is worthy of being given credit for this “achievement”, wouldn’t it have happened 200 years earlier and wouldn’t we all be speaking Spanish now as the countries he invaded do?

Some people think he is deserving of the honor because he proved the world was round, but this was already a widely accepted belief by educated people at the time as Ptolemy, the ancient astronomer and geographer from Egypt, declared that the Earth was spherical in the second century. Why do 17 states refuse to recognize and/or celebrate Columbus Day? Why do protesters gather and march at every Columbus Day Parade?

And, WHY is Columbus honored with one of our 8 federal holidays in the US when,
(a). He didn’t “discover” us, or anything previously undiscovered or uninhabited (b). He never set foot on what is now U.S. soil.
(c). His legacy is greed, theft, destruction, brutality, slave-trading and murder (d). It is offensive to Latin American, African American and Native Americans( (e). Native Americans, who were here and are worthy of a holiday, still don’t have one.

And why have the Taino people of the Caribbean and those in the US,whose ancestors have paid such a huge price for the misfortune of being”discovered”, been erroneously declared extinct and are therefore denied legal recognition by the government?

Kristopher Hohag, Chair
American Indian Student Association -UC Irvine

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OF AMERICAN INDIANS at Mankato, Minnesota during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency


General Custer and the whole US/CAN Gov’ts were their Hitler

In 1830 the Congress of the United States passed the “Indian Removal Act.” Although many Americans were against the act, most notably Tennessee Congressman Davy Crockett, it passed anyway. President Jackson quickly signed the bill into law. The Cherokees attempted to fight removal legally by challenging the removal laws in the Supreme Court and by establishing an independent Cherokee Nation. At first the court seemed to rule against the Indians. In Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, the Court refused to hear a case extending Georgia’s laws on the Cherokee because they did not represent a sovereign nation. In 1832, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Cherokee on the same issue in Worcester v. Georgia. In this case Chief Justice John Marshall ruled that the Cherokee Nation was sovereign, making the removal laws invalid.

But still…. (you cant fight the laws of the ones that invent them and decide…)

May 17, 1838 with 7000 men. Early that summer General Scott and the United States Army began the invasion of the Cherokee Nation.

In one of the saddest episodes of our brief history, men, women, and children were taken from their land, herded into makeshift forts (CONCENTRATION CAMPS) with minimal facilities and food, then forced to march a thousand miles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monument at the New Echota Historic Site honors Cherokees who died on the Trail of Tears.

The Trail of Tears refers to the forced relocation of the Five Civilized Tribes from the Southern United States to the West. The term does not refer to a single physical trail but to the hardships the tribes endured on their travel. The first people removed west were the Choctaw between 1830 and 1833.[1] The Creek (Muskogee) left from 1834 through 1837. The Cherokee were moved between 1835 and 1839. The Chickasaw were sent west between 1837 and 1847. Finally the Seminole, the longest era because of the Seminole wars, were moved from 1832 through 1842.

To learn more about the truth, read:
*In Defense of the Indians by Bartolome de las Casas
*A People’s History by Howard Zinn
*Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Louwen
*Rethinking Columbus by Bigelow and Peterson

*The Voyages of Christopher Columbus by Rex and Thea Rienits
*The Log of Christopher Columbus by Robert H. Fuson
*The Journal of Columbus by Clarkson N. Potter
*1421,The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
*America Discovers Columbus by John Noble Wilford *
The Conquest of Paradise by Kirkpatrick Sale
*The Columbus Dynasty in the Caribbean by Troy S. Floyd
*The Conquest of America by Tzvetan Todorov
*Columbus & Cortez, Conquerors for Christ by Eidsmoe.


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