Originally posted by Ask The Animals
The vast majority of early contact with native americans were of a friendly and helpful nature. Both Plymouth colony and Jamestown would have perished
were it not for indigenous help.
That's only part true my friend..
the first well recorded contact between new and old worlds was good ole Christopher Columbus...
When he landed in the islands now known as the Bahamas, Columbus encountered the Arawak Indians, whose kindness and generosity he noted in his journal
and letters. Columbus quickly took a group of Arawaks captive, hoping they could lead him to gold. He then sailed to Hispaniola-Haiti and the
Dominican Republic-where he enslaved even more Indians.
After returning to Spain and reporting on the incredible wealth in the islands of the "New World," the monarchs gave Columbus 17 ships and more than
1,200 men to plunder the Caribbean. His new expedition went from island to island gathering slaves and gold with unprecedented brutality.
Opening the continent to slavery
Columbus was the first European slave trader in the Americas. He sent more slaves across the Atlantic Ocean than any individual of his time-about
today it is believed there are no more full blood Arawak People... and what few remain are scattered throughout the islands...
It wasn't until the The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 or Popé's Rebellion deep in what is now the southwestern states did the practice of making the red man
slaves change... why it was also know as the Popé's Rebellion is yet another well well obscured fact in history...
There is no ambiguity in the language of the 15th-century papal bulls issued by the popes of the Roman Catholic Church as they encouraged the kings of
Portugal and Spain to conquer ;'undiscovered'' lands, enslave their non-Christian populations and expropriate their possession and resources...
The papal bulls include a Jan. 8, 1455, edict by Pope Nicholas V that grants the ''right of conquest'' to Alfonso, king of Portugal, and authorizes
him ''to invade, search out, capture, vanquish and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the
kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions, possessions and all movable and immovable goods whatever held and possessed by them and to reduce their
persons to perpetual slavery.''
The ''movable and immovable goods'' were to be used for the benefit and profit of Alfonso and his heirs forever.
The term ''Saracens'' was used by medieval Europeans to mean Arabs and Muslims in general.
Portugal and Spain were rivals in the conquest game, and by 1493, a new pope - Alexander V - issued another papal bull urging his King Ferdinand and
Queen Isabella of Spain to ''seek out and discover certain islands and mainlands remote and unknown and not hitherto discovered by others'' so that
the ''barbarous nations be overthrown and brought to the [Roman Catholic] faith itself.''
It was never about peaceful expansion and temperance... they came here seeking conquest by brutal force...
Read about it yours selves here
edit on 21-9-2010 by DaddyBare because: (no reason given)