Indigenous Peoples Day

In case you are not able to view the post, I have written out the posts down below. Credits for this post go to Rebecca Nagle (@rebeccanagle on twitter).

  1. Christopher Columbus’s army used indigenous people as dog food. They were known to feed live babies to dogs in front of their horrified parents.
  2. His “voyage” initiated the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade when he captured 1600 Taino (indigenous people of the Caribbean) people and shipped them to Spain for gold. Most of the people died on the journey.
  3. Columbus sold indigenous girls into sex slavery for his own personal profit. He wrote in his journal, “there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from 9 to 10 are now in demand.”
  4. Columbus’s army required any Taino person 14 or older to bring them a thimble of gold dust every 3 months. If not, the army would chop off their hands and tie the victim’s hands around their neck. Most victims bled to death. An estimated 10,000 Taino people died this way.
  5. His army raped Indigenous women
  6. After 50 years of “Columbus discovering America,” 2.86 million of the estimated 3 million Tainos living on the island now named Hispanola had died. 95% of the population or 19 out of every 20 people.

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