Should We Celebrate A Murderer On October 12, we celebrate a man who who sailed across the atlantic, and found an entire new part of the planet. What most people don’t know about this man is that when he landed, he enslaved and killed millions. Im talking of course, about Christopher Columbus. When Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, he did so with the intent of finding a new, easier way to India that way the powers of Europe wouldn't have to deal with Muslim empires whenever they wanted to trade for valuable goods only available on the silk road. So with this intent in mind he actually landed in the Bahamas. And when he landed, he met a very friendly indigenous population that did everything they could to help him and his crew. In columbus’ own words "They offered to share with anyone and when you ask for something, they never say no,”. So how did he repay their kindness? By enslaving them. They were forced to work in gold mines until they died from exhaustion, and many of the woman who weren't worked to death were sold into sex slavery. According to Columbus’ journal, girls between the age of 9 and 10 were in highest demand. And if you tried to escape slavery, you were to be hunted down by dogs, and ripped apart, and if the dogs didn't kill you, then you were to be burned to a crisp. But lets say you're a good slave and don't run off, well you still have to worry about not meeting your quota, because if you don’t, your hands are to be cut off, and draped around your neck as a warning to all the other slave. Columbus was so cruel that he was brought up on charges, and if it wasn't for the fortune he brought to the Spanish government, he would have been found guilty. These people were so brutalized, that 100 of them committed mass suicide trying to escape their hellish torment. Columbus devastated the population so much that after 50 years of Spanish intervention, the entire indigenous population was wiped out. So what did they do when they ran out of natives to enslave? They just started using Africans, thus, Columbus helped kick start the atlantic slave trade.