A letter written in October of 1495 by his crew member Michele de Cuneo told a normal story of life at sea with Christopher Columbus.
“When I was in the boat, I took a beautiful Cannibal girl and the admiral [Columbus] gave her to me. Having her in my room and she being naked as is their custom, I began to want to amuse myself with her. Since I wanted to have my way with her and she was not willing, she worked me over so badly with her nails that I wished I had never begun. To get to the end of the story, seeing how things were going, I got a rope and tied her up so tightly that she made unheard of cries which you wouldn’t have believed. At the end, we got along so well that, let me tell you, it seemed she had studied at a school for whores.”
Columbus was responsible for forcing hundreds of Caribbean (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) children into slavery, many who were used for sexual pleasure by friends, crew and country men.
Columbus himself wrote:
“A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand.”
Currently Christopher Columbus is worshiped as a hero with national holidays dedicated in his name and mass parades around the world. He is also celebrated as a great religious leader, of deep devotion, who took his faith extremely seriously and hated profane swearing.
During Columbus’s voyages his crew observed religious rites. He had support from the Vatican Council for sainthood.
What do you see when you look at the history of Christopher Columbus?