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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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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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