I recently submitted a letter to The Sun about Columbus. Unfortunately, it was heavily edited before it made it in.
A reader seemed upset with my letter, so I’d like to clear up a few things.
Columbus, a man this country looks to for its discovery, came here thousands of years after others did ... and those people, the Minoans, settled and mined the area of Isle Royale for over a 1,000 years, even inter-marrying with Native Americans as their rare gene can prove. They came here for copper, so they had to know it was here before they came, and then took the copper back to start the Bronze Age.
Others came here, too, and made fortifications and settlements, though many were wiped out by Indians. Even other Europeans came and settled here as far inland as Arizona, a thousand years before Columbus. The Welsh came and settled in the Missouri River area, and Leif Ericson brought 300 men and women with livestock to settle here as he traveled up Alabama’s Mobile Bay. They made settlements as far north as the Ohio Valley.
Then there’s the Knights Templar, who fled Europe with a fleet of ships and hundreds of men — about 300. They crossed this country and many of them stayed and married into the Native-American tribes, hundreds of years before Columbus.
So settlements were here long before Columbus arrived.
Now, to where Columbus was from. Recent mitochondrial DNA (done by the well-qualified Laboratory of Genetic Identification at the University of Granada) matched from his bones to those of his brother and son shows he was of Spanish lineage. Can’t fight with mitochondrial DNA! He was also a brutal man and slave trader, as was shown by his travels to the islands. He sold 9- and 10-year-old girls into sex slavery and turned the people on the islands into slaves to work the gold mines, where many died from poor conditions and exhaustion. Others were brutally tortured, often to the pleasure of him and his crew, and infants were even fed to dogs.
Columbus brought slavery to the Americas and he brought in the first 50 black Africans as slaves as well. Then his son took over the practice of slave trader, bringing more Africans in to work in the mines.
Yes, slavery goes back to the beginning of time. But Columbus and his son brought it to the Americas first. He paid for his voyages in slaves of natives. One thousand two hundred Tainos were sent to Spain in 1495. His men hunted them for sport, killing over one-third of them within four years and sharpening their swords on others. His son opened the Atlantic slave trade.
Many things in our history books omitted or changed facts, and some things we were taught are pure lies — Revere, Marie Antoinette, George Washington, St. Patrick, Cleopatra and even Abner Doubleday, who, by the way, did not invent baseball. And on and on.
As science gets more advanced, more facts will be proved, making what we were taught not to be true.