How Did Columbus Treat The Natives

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Columbus Essay The brutal treatment of the natives by Columbus was not necessary in order to achieve his goal of conquest and gold, because the natives were already generous people, and would’ve helped the Spanish without force. As Christopher Columbus landed on an island near the Bahamas, or Hispaniola, the natives greeted the crew, and gave them food, water, and gifts. Even not knowing what the three large masses in the ocean were (Columbus’s ships), they still appeared fearless and kind as they give the new men resources openly. Columbus, on the contrary, had a different perspective. Christopher Columbus wrote in his log stating that the natives traded everything they owned willingly, and without force. Columbus also wrote that the natives would be fine servants. He noticed the lack of technology, and his opinion of a savage like society, which gave him the feeling of superiority. Columbus took a few natives by force for information as he sailed around in the search of gold. It appears that Columbus is an impatient man, for when he did not get what he wanted, when he wanted, he released his wrath by brutally killing the natives, and so they could recognize his authority. Columbus also found that the success of his conquest was most important to him. It would not…show more content…
Columbus did not understand the lack of clothing, and the involvement of women within the community. Both customs were never accepted in Europe, and were even found preposterous. Also, gold was not as valuable to the natives. However, the natives were already passive, and cooperative by giving the explorers whatever resources they needed out of kindness. Because of this, Columbus found them naïve, and took and took advantage of the
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