There’s no evidence that supports the vicious claims against Christopher Columbus, as well as the Spanish monarchy. In fact, they are the mac-daddy of urban legends, when it comes to Christian history.
Christopher Columbus is innocent of the charges against him based on tangible evidence. A multitude of evidence lies in his personal journals, the journals of his son Fernando, and many others, along with letters and edicts from his friends and the monarchy.
Like most of the Genoese, Columbus became a seaman at an early age. Before he was 16 years old, he had sailed from Italy to the coast of Guinea. He became adept at navigation, astronomy, and cosmography, the latter of which was unusual for a sailor of his time. He was an honorable man – a devout Catholic.
In 1485 at the age of 34, Columbus began his appeals to the government of Spain who at that time was concerned with the Moorish invasion. Columbus had made several appeals. Even with great support, he endured repeated rejection.
After the second formal rejection by the junta or commission, he made his way by foot with his son Fernando to the Franciscan Covent of La Rabida around January, 1492. He was downtrodden and almost penniless. While pleading for a place to rest, he was overheard by the prior Father Juan Perez, the confessor of Queen Isabella.
After tending to their needs, Father Perez met with Columbus where he was told about shattered dreams and aspirations. Father Perez, was interested. He hastened to meet with Queen Isabella who favored the idea and influenced her husband King Ferdinand II. Columbus was called to court quickly and received 20,000 maravedis out of the queen’s private purse so that he might appear in proper dress before the king.
Negotiations progressed rapidly, and on August 3, 1492 the people of Palos watched with some sadness as the 3 ships set sail with a total of 120 men. Honorable brothers Martin Alonso Pin-ion and Vincente Yanez Pinzon reputable residents of Palos, commanded the Pinta and the Nina respectively with experienced pilots.
Before leaving, Father Perez administered the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist to Columbus, his officers and crew. Columbus was a devout Catholic with a dream of discovering new land and evangelization. He considered himself a “Christ-bearer” like his namesake St. Christopher.
Truth vs False Accusations
Upon arriving at Hispaniola his first words were; “The monarchs of Castile have sent me not to subjugate you, but to teach you the true religion.” In 1502, Columbus asked Pope Alexander VI to send missionaries to the new world in hopes that they would accept Christ. Subsequently, he established a fund to finance missionary efforts to the lands he had discovered.
He treated the people in the New World with great respect and friendship. In his diary he wrote; “in the world there are no better people or a better kind. They love their neighbor as themselves and they have the sweetest speech word, and they are gentle and always smiling.”
Preparing to return to Spain, Columbus was forced to leave some men behind. The Santa Maria had run aground leaving it unfit to sail. Columbus instructed his men not to take from the native people by force and to offer gifts. Some of the men did not heed his instructions. In 1500, Columbus saw to it that men who harmed them were tried and hanged.
Columbus had no intentions of enslaving the native people, so he asked the crown to send miners to the New World. The natives who worked in the Spanish settlement were considered employees of the crown. The instructions from the monarchy to Spanish settlers mandated that the West Indians be treated “very well and lovingly” and they demanded that no harm should be done to them.
Christopher Columbus died on May 20, 1506 a penniless man. He had given charitably to his mission and the people he encountered. His voyage not only sparked further exploration, he influenced the future of the native people, as well as the missionaries that followed him in peace and charity.
Many of these notable friars later successfully defended the rights of the native people against Spanish slave traders. The mission of Columbus was a catalyst for great justice. The urban legends against him and the Spanish monarchy are simply fodder for the Marxist cancel culture, with which to pummel the American, Catholic, and Spanish heritage in the public square.
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