READ AND RESPOND
1. “Columbus and his successors were not coming into an empty wilderness, but into a world which in some places was as densely populated as Europe itself, where the culture was complex, where human relations were more egalitarian than in Europe, and where the relations among men, women, children, and nature were more beautifully worked out than perhaps any place in the world.” - Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, p. 25
Does this account differ from the image you have of the world that
2. “The people of this island… refuse nothing that they possess, if it be asked of them: on the contrary, they invite any one to share it and display as much love as if they would give their hear… As soon as I arrived in the Indies, in the first island which I found, I took some of the natives by force…Their Highnesses can see that I will give them as much gold as they may need…and slaves, as many as they shall order…” - The Journal of Christopher Columbus
What does this passage tell you about the values of the native inhabitants of the “
3. “After the death of
This description of Spanish rule in Hispaniola is from one of the earliest published histories of the “
4. `"The White Man’s Burden"
Take up the White Man’s burden
What racial stereotypes appear in this poem, written at the height of British imperial expansion?
For the entire poem: http://www.fordham.edu/HALSALL/mod/Kipling.html