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The initial quote that, A hundred castellanos are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand, and for all ages a good price must be paid. comes from a letter that Christopher Columbus wrote while prisoner on a ship being sent back to Spain ...


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What Spain was really interested in was to find a sea route to the orient (Asia) and principally India. At that time, all the various spices, silk and many other items came from Asia and were extremely valuable. The existing trade route was by land and it was long, arduous and dangerous. Spain wanted to compete with other European countries in this highly ...


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I struggeled to find an official copy of the captain's log online, but there are two that have a lot of commonalities, Fordham University's Medieval Sourcebook: Christopher Columbus: Extracts from Journal Franciscan Archives: Excerpts from Christopher Columbus' Log, 1492 A.D. Both of these lead one to a similar conclusion, Thursday, 11 October., ...


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I thought the quote above was pretty damning too, until I read the context around it. In the letter the quote was taken from was defending himself from charges brought against him, and directly before and after that quote he was criticising the colonists who had come with that only wanted to take what they could get from the land and leave...I'll quote some....


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I would guess that many claims come from the same source, i.e. the writings of Bartolomé de las Casas. I won't read it all, but Chapter 2 describes "the first island which was found by Christians": This page describes cutting off hands and tying them to the victims' body, telling the victim to take letters to those who had escaped into the mountains (this ...


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The document was found in 2005 by archivist Isabel Aguirre in the General Archive of Simancas. So far, nobody has disputed its authenticity and a renown expert on Columbus, Consuelo Varela, published a book and several scientific publications on it. TL;DR; Yes, the document is deemed authentic. Disclaimer: the document being authentic and the events ...


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It seems to be a couple different quotes shoe-horned into looking like a single quote. The last part: With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want." - Christopher Columbus Captain's Log, 1492 This quote is actually from a letter to the monarch, explaining why the Spanish probably don't need to build a fort on the island. ...


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As for the first two incidents, those were not things that happened while Columbus was alive. They are detailed, nearly word for word, in Bartolome de las Casa's A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies (see below). I also affirm that I saw with these Eyes of mine the Spaniards for no other reason, but only to gratifie their bloody mindedness, ...


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