In Defense of Columbus: An Exaggerated Evil

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  • Published on: Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Columbus is a controversial historical figure who is widely viewed as terrible. Every year we question whether we should continue to have a day to celebrate his discovery. But as with most stories, his bad deeds have been exaggerated to make him fit the role of a villain.

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    Original Manuscripts and Transcripts of Columbus's Journals in Spanish, from Bartolome de las Casas:
    A note on putting this into Google Translate: Since this is 500 year old Spanish, they use spellings that have changed over time.

    English Translations of Columbus' Journals:

    Italian Translation of Columbus' Journals:

    A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies:

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    [Columbus Letter describing Terrestrial Paradise]

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    [ARE Source: 1542 Taino Population]

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    [ARE Source: Pear-shaped/Breastlike Protuberance]

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    [Toscanelli Letters to Columbus]

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    [ARE Source: 1492 Taino Population]

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    [Bartolome de las Casas did not travel with Columbus]

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    ["Hitherto Unknown" Continent/Cuba SE of Asia]


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