The Columbus Invasion
On Friday, October 12, 1492 the European invasion of the "New World" begins under the direction of Christopher Columbus. Below is a brief review of the history of the invasion by Columbus.
August 3, 1492 to March 15, 1493 taking a total of 224 days; A total of
94 days in the New World; Purpose of Trip:searching for wealth and
Leaves Spain September 25, 1493. Arrives in "New World" at
Dominica in the Lesser Antilles. Leaves March 10, 1496 and arrives in
Spain June 11, 1496. Purpose of Trip: Colonization.
Leaves Spain May 30, 1498. Arrives July 31, 1498 at Trinidad in Lesser
Antilles. Leaves in October of 1500 departs Hispanola and arrives in Spain
in November 1500
Leaves Spain May 11, 1502 on his fourth and final voyage. Arrives in
Hispaniola June 19, 1502. Leaves Hisponala on September 12, 1504 and
Arrives Spain in November 7, 1502.
Christopher Columbus is believed to have been born in the year of 1451, and was 42 years old when he made his first invasion to the "New World". He was married once. Wife died six years later and had one son, Diego, from this marriage. In 1488 Columbus had a second son but does not appear to have married the mother in spite of being an alleged devote Catholic.
Research indicates that most of his life pre-1492 is a mystery and the histories attributing his family, personal, and educational background to him have been fabricated by subsequent historians in order to create a version of history and man that the historian believed would be entertaining to the masses.
Historians claim that he was an explorer whose goal for years was to find a route to
the Indies which would make trading between Spain and Indies less time consuming.
What is overlooked and/or down-played, however, are the sailing orders issues by
Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain to Christopher Columbus. These are not
orders for merely finding a quick trade route nor those of a mere "explorer"
(ie. someone whose desire is exploring the world around him). No!
The orders given to Christopher Columbus include:
During this first voyage to the "New World" Columbus and his men, through
aggression and trickery, captured First People men, women, and children to take
back to Spain. The best count that I have been able to obtain would be that slightly
less then thirty of these peoples were kidnaped by Columbus. His diary reports some
of the following details:
The diary of Christopher Columbus shows a man of ill-character determined not explore for the pure delight of knowledge but is a man driven to obtain other people's wealth, power, and glory for his own edification. He was not above using his sailors, the captains of the other two ships, and certainly not above enslaving First People who "Loved thy neighbors as themselves", a trait sorely missing in Columbus himself. One can from his diary discover a man who is deceptive, manipulative, ruthless, and obsessed with his own self-interests for wealth, power, and glory. He was fully aware that in order to obtain his desires, he needed to give appropriate amounts of authority recognition to the Catholic Church as well as the secular power holders, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. This was a period of torture and executions of non-believers of the Catholics faith, including non-converting Jews and Muslims. Indeed the entries that are available reveal a man whose entire life is driven forward by greed and the lust for wealth and power.
First Accounts of Enslavement:
Tainos (Indians) 5 men/ 7 women/ 3 children/ one desperate husband/father of
children [taken about November 1492]. Six days later, two men escape.
|7 men captured
6 men captured from Lucayo Tribe
|January 6, 1493:
4 more peoples captured
Of total captured, only one and possibly two of these enslaved peoples successfully make the trip to Spain and return one day to their homelands.