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* Section 3 *
How the "Savages" of America
treated the "Civilizers" of Europe
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THIS is way the "pagan savages"
of the New World greeted
the Christian "missionaries"
and civilizing "discoverers" :

In Columbus' own words,

"There are palm trees of six or eight kinds, which a wonder to behold because of their beautiful variety, and so are the other trees and fruits and plants; therein are marvelous pine groves, and extensive meadow country; and there is honey, and there are many kinds of birds and a great variety of fruits. Upcountry there are many mines of metals the population is innumerable. La Spanola is marvelous, the sierras and the mountains and the plains and the meadows and the lands are so beautiful and rich for planting and sowing, and for livestock of every sort, I for building towns and villages. The harbors of the sea here are such as you could not believe it without seeing them; and so the rivers, many and at, and good streams, the most of which bear gold.  If it sounded like Paradise, that was no accident.  Paradise filled with gold.  And when he came to describe the people he had met, Columbus's Edenic imagery never faltered:

Although the natives of South America had developed the technology of BlowDart.jpg using poison darts to kill animal prey from a distance, these "savages" could never bring themselves to use this technology to kill fellow human beings.
   The so-called "civilized Christians" from Europe had no such qualms, which is why they were able to defeat the much more numerous, much more moral natives.

Columbus himself was amazed by the virtues of America's native population, as he wrote to his friends and employers back in Europe:
        'The people of this island and of all the other islands which I have found and seen, or have not seen, all go naked, men and women, as their mothers bore them, except that some women cover one place only with the leaf of a plant with a net of cotton which they make for that purpose. 
        They have no iron or steel or weapons, nor are they capable of using them, because – although they are well-built people of handsome stature – they are wondrous timid. . .  [T]hey are so artless and free with all they possess, that no one would believe it without having seen it.  Of anything they have, if you ask them for it they never say no; rather they invite the person to share it, and show as much love as if they were giving their hearts; and whether the thing be of value or of small price, at once they are content with whatever little thing of whatever kind may be given to them."
{ American Holocaust, by David E. Stannard, p. 63 }

        A century later, this is what greeted the Spaniards on the coast of what would become California:

" In 1602 and 1603 Sebastian Vizcaino led an expedition of three ships up and down the California coast, with frequent stops on shore where his men spent time with various Indian peoples.  There was sickness on Vizcaino's ships from the moment they set sail, and before the voyage was complete it combined with scurvy to literally shut the voyage down.  Scores of men were incapacitated. . .  Fray Antonio de la Ascension, one of three clergymen who made the voyage with Vizcaino, feared the whole crew was close to death.  But fortunately for the Spanish – and unfortunately for the natives – the Indians helped the crippled sailors, offering them 'fish, game, hazel nuts, chestnuts, acorns, and other things. . . . for though but six of our men remained in the said frigate, the rest having died of cold and sickness, the Indians were so friendly and so desirous of our friendship . . .  that they not only did them no harm, but showed them all the kindness possible.''  There can be no doubt that for their kindness the Indians were repaid by plagues the likes of which nothing in their history had prepared them.
        The earliest European mariners and explorers in California, as noted in a previous chapter's discussion of Cabrillo, repeatedly referred to the great numbers of Indians living there.  In places where Vizcaino's ships could approach the coast or his men could go ashore, the Captain recorded, again and again, that the land was thickly filled with people.  And where he couldn't approach or go ashore 'because the coast was wild,' the Indians signaled greetings by building fires – fires that 'made so many columns of smoke on the mainland that at night it looked like a procession and in the daytime the sky was overcast.'  In sum, as Father Ascension put it, 'this realm of California is very large and embraces much territory, nearly all inhabited by numberless people."
{ American Holocaust, by David E. Stannard, p. 135 }

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