1 Mar / 2017

Christopher Columbus: What Really Happened

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An educational animation which recounts the four voyages of Columbus. Hope you enjoy!

Bibliography at bottom of description

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This video is meant to give a non-bias account of the events which unfolded when Columbus and his crew made contact with the people of the Caribbean. Of course, I was not able to fit everything into the video; I had to omit details, such as the fact that the Taino were not the only people that Columbus encountered (there were also the Ciguayo tribe and Carib cannibals). A second particular is that not all fault should lie directly on Columbus’ shoulders. His crew of 1,200 for the second journey consisted partly of convicts and landless nobles, the worst type of people with which to build a settlement. Another fact is that Columbus grew up in societies (Genoa, then Portugal) that kept domestic slaves.

I have no political agenda for making this video. I am a student of history and I have tried to give an account of Columbus’ journeys that is as close as we can possibly get to the truth.

I will I admit that I am not a fan of Columbus. I think he was cruel, even for his time. We cannot judge a 15th-century human from a 21st-century perspective; but even for the 15th century, he was an awful arbiter.

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