Saturday, April 25, 2020

Voyage of Columbus #AtoZChallenge #NativeAmerican

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My theme this year is blogging about my author brand. Saturdays' posts are Native American (or Lenni Lenape) interests.

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Voyage of Columbus

This post isn't about my tribe. The Lenni Lenape, when they're remembered, generally get called the Delaware (as if being the property of Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr is a choice) and are known as the ones who traded Manhattan and had Pennsylvania land ripped off in the famous cheat of the "Walking Purchase."

But that's still better than the raw deal the Taíno people got, which is to be almost entirely forgotten. So here are some links to educate yourself, and a pin in case you are in too much of a rush to learn today.

In 1492
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

The Taíno people he did accrue.
Don't you think it's time you knew?

What tribe did Columbus encounter when he reached the Americas?

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Did you know the name of the tribe before today?
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  1. History is such a stragne creature, if you think about it. She can teach us a lot, but unfortunately, we can choose what to listen.

    The Old Shelter - Living the Twenties

  2. Indeed Taíno people are not the one everbody remember... Here in France I don't think a lot of kids may know about their name.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this knowledge. Although I grew up on a flood plain in New York's Southern Tier, which was a historic hunting ground of Native people, their history was not taught in school. So what you share here is valuable to supplement the inadequate education many of us received throughout life.

  4. This is from the Smithsonian article you linked: "They do not carry arms or know them....They should be good servants.”--Columbus

    Just infuriating.

  5. My son was taught about the Taíno people in elementary school, but I noticed that when he got to high school they studied the Native Americans as if they were anthropological curiosities rather than Americans living here now.

  6. "History gets written by the victors" should probably be changed to something a lot less savoury...

    An A-Z of Faerie: Valkyries


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