End Columbus Day (Debate Speech)

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Matthew Morales, Literary Journalist

Hi my name is Matthew and in this debate I will be arguing that Columbus should not have his own holiday or be honored for the things he did to those Tainos.

We should not celebrate Columbus Day because Columbus used religion to justify what he had done to the Tainos. In the text “El Requerimiento” it  says, “We shall force you to obey the Church and we shall take away your wives, and your children, and shall make slaves of them. We will sell them because the King and Queen command it.” This evidence matters because this shows how they used their religion to justify working them to death and black mailing them. Also they black mailed them by saying things like they would take away their families in other words kill them. In the text “El Requerimiento” it says,“We shall take away your goods and riches, and shall do you all the damage that we can. The deaths and losses which shall result from this are your fault, and not that of [the King], or ours, nor of these men who come with us…” This  evidence matters because they use god as an excuse to get money and to kill their families and get slaves.” Also they use this to make them mine to death and work to death. In the text  “El Requerimiento” it  says, “But if you do not do this, we promise that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter into your country, and shall make war against you in all ways and manners that we can.” This shows how they use god/ religion to justify what they were going to do to them using God’s name to make them fear them and to say he was helping them.

Another reason to not celebrate Columbus day is because the only reason he did what he did is because he wanted to be rich and did not care about the people he was going to ruin.  In the text “Columbus Background Information”, it says “’The king and queen were eager to gain wealth in new lands and to convert people to Christianity. They told Columbus he would be given 10 percent of all the wealth he found. ”This evidence matters to my text because this shows how much he “cared” about other people on that land as long as he got money. Also, he was willing to turn people to the queen’s slave to get rich and supposedly he wanted to be a hero that’s not what a hero would do. In the text “Columbus Background Information”, it says  “He hoped to return to Spain with great riches and a hero’s reputation.” This evidence matters because he did all these wrong things to get fame and money. Also this cost many people’s lives (as Tainos)  and end many babies and families in general to get fame and rich . He was very greedy because he forced them to be Christians and turned them into slaves and stole everyone’s stuff they had just to be rich he killed and slaughtered for money.

A last reason not to celebrate Columbus Day because forced religion on Tainos, killed many, sold many, and made them work to death and end families and the indigenous people did nothing wrong. In the text “The Arawaks’ Impossible Task,” it says, “Columbus’s men searched Haiti for gold, with no success. They had to fill up the ships returning to Spain with something, so in 1495 they went on a great slave raid. Afterward, they picked five hundred captives to send to Spain. Two hundred of the Indians died on the voyage. The rest arrived alive in Spain and were put up for sale by a local church official. Columbus, who was full of religious talk, later wrote, “Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold.” This evidence matters because this shows what he was doing to get money if he did not succeed he forced religion on them and sold them. This shows how greedy and desperate he was for money. In the text “The Arawaks’ Impossible Task,” it says, “But too many slaves died in captivity. Columbus was desperate to show a profit on his voyages. He had to make good on his promises to fill the ships with gold. In a part of Haiti where Columbus and his men imagined there was much gold, they ordered everyone over the age of thirteen to collect gold for them. Indians who did not give gold to the Spaniards had their hands cut off and bled to death.” This evidence matters because This shows how he made them work and  punished them if  they did not have gold in the most gruesome way by cutting their hand off and letting them bleed to death. In the text “The Arawaks’ Impossible Task,” it says, “The only gold around was bits of gold dust in streams. So they ran away. The Spaniards hunted them down with dogs and killed them. When they took prisoners, they hanged them or burned them to death. Unable to fight against the Spanish soldiers’ guns, swords, armor, and horses, the Arawaks began to commit mass suicide with poison. When the Spanish search for gold began, there were a quarter of a million Indians on Haiti.” This evidence is important because it shows all the bad things Columbus’s men did and he probably ordered them to do.

In conclusion, we  should not celebrate Columbus Day because Columbus used religion to justify what he had done to the Tainos. The only reason he did what he did is because he wanted to be rich and did not care about the people he was going to ruin. Last, Columbus forced their religion on them, killed many, sold many,  made them work to death, and ended families .  He did all of this and indigenous people did nothing wrong.  Thank you for listening (: