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Columbs The politics of words: exploring/ stealing

Purpose of providing heroes and villains:

Evidence of earlier investigations:

Why Columbus? (European changes): military: social/ technological: wealth: "conquest" religion: recent successes: NOT "natural consequence" or "superiority" Who was Columbus and why was he sailing?

What was the treatment of the Taino people by Europeans? Impact?

What did Columbus bring back to Spain? Why? (Further voyages?)

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade:

Acts of resistance by the Tainos:

Impact of the "Columbus Enterprise": Pre-Columbian population: 8 million estimated Time of Columbus: 3 million estimated Census of adults who had not fled: 1.1 million (1492-3) 1516: 12,000 1542: under 200 1555:

Columbus - The Beginning of Colonization