:...he discovered the new world much like a meteorite discovered the dinosaurs."
Now that is a good line!
He wasn't Genoese, that's for sure.
I LURVE the comment that he"discovered" the americans like a Meteor "discovered" the dinosaurs.
he literally set in motion the greatest mass-killing in the history of the world!
Nah, Columbus was alright, but don't get me started with Copernicus, that little bitch.
r4 are you a resident of the Americas? Yes all that mass killing was terrible, but we are all enjoying the standard of living colonialism set in motion. Perhaps you'd like to go live in Ghana or Mongolia?
Europeans who went to the New World also had very high death rates. They just weren't very numerous.
What? Columbus didn't discover Ohio?
According to "American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World" by David E. Stannard, 100 million Native Americans were killed---from Columbus to the end of the 19th century US Army wars against the Indians---in the Western Hemisphere.
Most of the indigenous population of the US died due to diseases to which they had no immunity.
Stannard's estimate of 100 million indigenous Americans is suspect.
r11, it's actually too low. BTW, they're still killing Native Americans in North and South America, Freeper.
Freeper - yeah, a freeper who has worked for and voted for every Democratic candidate in every election since I was able to vote. A gay, pro-choice, pro-marriage equality freeper. Uh-huh.
The number is in question.
r13, have you actually read Stannard's book?
And yes, I think you're a gay, pro-choice, pro-marriage equality freeper. And much of the diseased was deliberately spread. With friends like r13, do the Indians' need enemies?
Did you read the article I linked to? Because there are no records and it is in the interest of some people (real freepers) to say there were only five million and in the interest of others (sensationalizing to sell books at the anniversary of Columbus' arrival), I believe the truth is somewhere in between.
And again, most of the deaths were from disease, not deliberately spread. A third of Europe was wiped out by the plague brought back from China. It happened a lot throughout history.
Save your vitriol for the real freepers.
A standard of living that has been the primary contributor to the destruction of our planet, R6. We'll be in the dark ages before this century is over. As a species, we would be incredibly lucky to survive as long as the Neanderthals at this point. Intelligent beings don't go out of their way to destroy their only home.
R12 Who? the Spanish? Anytime you see the word "freeper" in a post, you can be sure it is from one of several DL idiots. They've always been here.