That beginning, when you read Las Casas-even if his figures are exaggerations were there 3 million Indians to begin with, as he says, or less than a million, as some historians have calculated, or 8 million as others now believe?
Retrieved September 17, The reader may as well know that before going on. He then sailed to what is now Cuba, then to Hispaniola the island which today consists of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
And even the privileged minority-must it not reconsider, with that practicality which even privilege cannot abolish, the value of its privileges, when they become threatened by the anger of the sacrificed, whether in organized rebellion, unorganized riot, or simply those brutal individual acts of desperation labeled crimes by law and the state?
They willingly traded everything they owned…. We can all decide to give up something of ours, but do we have the right to throw into the pyre the children of others, or even our own children, for a progress which is not nearly as clear or present as sickness or health, life or death?
The admiral, it is true, was blind as those who came after him, and he was so anxious to please the King that he committed irreparable crimes against the Indians…. Before the arrival of the European explorers, they were using irrigation canals, dams, were doing ceramics, weaving baskets, making cloth out of cotton.
They are agile, he says, and can swim long distances, especially the women. Portuguese sailors were working their way around the southern tip of Africa. In response, the English decided to wipe out the Indians altogether. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance.
Now that the Turks had conquered Constantinople and the eastern Mediterranean, and controlled the land routes to Asia, a sea route was needed. This is not intentional deception; the historian has been trained in a society in which education and knowledge are put forward as technical problems of excellence and not as tools for contending social classes, races, nations.
We can all decide to give up something of ours, but do we have the right to throw into the pyre the children of others, or even our own children, for a progress which is not nearly as clear or present as sickness or health, life or death? Zinn sees it as the duty of the historian not simply to relay what happened, but to remedy the marginalization that persecuted people have experienced, both in history and in history books.
Indeed, the clearest advantage that the Europeans seem to have had over the Native Americans was their propensity for violence and cruelty. Indians found without a copper token had their hands cut off and bled to death.
The Pilgrims lived in an uneasy truce with the Indians, but they seemed to be waiting for an excuse to fight. The reader may as well know that before going on. No laws and ordinances, sheriffs and constables, judges and juries, or courts or jails-the apparatus of authority in European societies-were to be found in the northeast woodlands prior to European arrival.
Behind the English invasion of North America, behind their massacre of Indians, their deception, their brutality, was that special powerful drive born in civilizations based on private property.
Women in Indian society were treated so well as to startle the Spaniards. It is the manner amongst us Indians, that if any such accident happen, wee doe redeeme the life of a man that is so slaine, with a armes length of Beades and since that you are heere strangers, and come into our Countrey, you should rather conform yourselves to the Customes of our Countrey, than impose yours upon us So, approaching land, they were met by the Arawak Indians, who swam out to greet them.
They were taught equality in status and the sharing of possessions. By definition, all historians have to make calculations about what parts of history to emphasize and what parts to ignore.
Pilgrims massacre the Pequots and destroyed their fort near Stonington, Connecticut, in When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts.
What were the major causes of war between the Powhatan and the English settlers? His son Wamsutta had been killed by Englishmen, and Wamsuttas brother Metacom later to be called King Philip by the English became chief.
Still, understanding the complexities, this book will be skeptical of governments and their attempts, through politics and culture, to ensnare ordinary people in a giant web of nationhood pretending to a common interest.Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn Posted on October 13, by dandelionsalad by Howard Zinn Featured Writer Dandelion Salad October 12, Image by Whiskeygonebad via Flickr An excerpt from A.
When the weather turned cold, the Indian prisoners began to die. Columbus's report to the Court in Madrid was extravagant. He insisted he had reached Asia (it was Cuba) and an island off the coast of China (Hispaniola).
His descriptions were part fact, part fiction: Hispaniola is a miracle. Columbus, The Indians, And Human Progress. By Howard Zinn, killarney10mile.com The Indians, Columbus reported, “are so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it.
It be great if Zinn’s A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES was used as a. 1 COLUMBUS, THE INDIANS, AND HUMAN PROGRESS Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the islands beaches and swam out to get a closer.
Mar 15, · ZINN QUESTIONS chapter 1 – columbus, the Indians and Human Progress Posted on March 15, March 15, by honeyshistorystudyguide According to Zinn, what is his main purpose for writing A People’s History of. Zinn argues that past historians and and teachers have justified Columbus' genocide by burying it inside the story of genocide inside a more important story of human progress.Download