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Columbus Day Celebrates a Villain

On Columbus Day, we should remember that history is constantly being rewritten. For instance, the Chinese claim that America was really first discovered by one of their explorers. If it WAS Christopher Columbus who first discovered America, newly discovered documents show that he was NOT a nice guy.

Graham Keeley writes in the Independent that Christopher Columbus routinely tortured his slaves and starved the settlers in the colonies he set up on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which is now shared by two countries: the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Newly-discovered documents reveal that he was such a villain that in 1500, he was brought back to Spain as a prisoner by Ferdinand and Isabella and put on trial, which was unusual in the 15th century, when governments didn't care very much about natives and settlers being treated fairly.

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