"The Arawak Indians, welcoming Christopher Columbus"

When Columbus first encountered the Arawak people of the West Indies, he wrote in his log:

I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want

Columbus, The Indians and Human Progress by Howard Zinn

Indian chief informing his tribe of the arrival of strangers on ships
Public DomainIndian chief informing his tribe of the arrival of strangers on ships - Credit: United States Library of Congress