Columbus sailed the ocean blue
in fourteen ninety-two
and all the natives he did screw
and tortured not a few.
For gold and God and Jesus too
took slaves and then withdrew;
came back with ships and yet more crew
and had a barbecue.
They burned the natives and they sliced
and stabbed and chopped and diced;
they stole the land and raped for tryst
and crucified my Christ.
--LCC, Columbus Day, 2017
Images from the work of Theodor de Bry, who illustrated the work of Bartolomé de Las Casas. Las Casas, according to historian Howard Zinn, is "the chief source--and, on many matters the only source--of information about what happened on the islands after Columbus came.... as a young priest [he] participated in the conquest of Cuba. For a time he owned a plantation on which Indian slaves worked, but he gave that up and became a vehement critic of Spanish cruelty" (Zinn, A People's History of the United States, 5).