Bartolome De Las Casas was a catholic priest who sailed to the “New World” in 1502 and witnessed the atrocities being committed in the name of God and wrote about it, denouncing his fellow countrymen. He recorded many of the things he saw in his book, “The Devastation of the Indies”:
“With my own eyes I saw Spaniards cut off the nose, hands and ears of Indians, male and female, without provocation, merely because it pleased them to do it … Likewise, I saw how they summoned the caciques and the chief rulers to come, assuring them safety, and when they peacefully came, they were taken captive and burned … (The Spaniards) took babies from their mothers’ breasts, grabbing them by the feet and smashing their heads against rocks … They built a long gibbet, low enough for the toes to touch the ground and prevent strangling, and hanged thirteen at a time in honor of Christ Our Savior and the twelve Apostles …”
“Columbus wrote: ‘As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts.’ The information that Columbus wanted most was: Where is the gold? … His second expedition was given seventeen ships and more than twelve hundred men. The aim was clear: slaves and gold … They went from island to island in the Caribbean, taking Indians as captives … roaming the island in gangs looking for gold, taking women and children as slaves for sex and labor.” – Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States
“It was his [Columbus’] avowed aim to ‘convert the heathen Indians to our Holy Faith’ that warranted the enslaving and exporting of thousands of Native Americans. That such treatment resulted in complete genocide did not matter as much as that these natives had been given the opportunity of everlasting life through their exposure to Christianity. The same sort of thinking also gave Westerners license to rape women. In his own words, Columbus described how he himself ‘took [his] pleasure’ with a native woman after whipping her ‘soundly’ with a piece of rope.”
On every island Columbus ‘discovered’ he planted a cross, claiming ownership for his Spanish Catholic patrons. He read declarations of God-given right to the native’s land in a language they couldn’t understand:
“I certify to you that, with the help of God, we shall powerfully enter in your country and shall make war against you … and shall subject you to the yoke and obedience of the Church … and shall do you all mischief that we can, as to vassals who do not obey and refuse to receive their lord and resist and contradict him.” – D. Stannard, “American Holocaust”
Helen Ellerbe, “The Dark Side of Christian History” (86-88)
By 1496 the settlers were responsible for 34 million Native American deaths. We are not talking about some guy who accidentally bumped into America looking for a spice-trade route to India, but that’s what the standardized textbooks continue to tell our children. Columbus, the conquistadors, the Pirates, and many pilgrims were hostile and ruthless groups of settlers who were collectively responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of natives.
Purposes of the Dias expedition to Africa:
Bartolomeu Dias was a catholic knight of the Order of Christ, knight of the Order of Malta (a secret society), knight of the royal court, superintendent of the royal warehouses, and sailing-master of the man-of-war, São Cristóvão (Saint Christopher). King John II of Portugal appointed him, on 10 October 1487, to head an expedition to sail around the southern tip of Africa in the hope of finding a trade route to India. Dias was also charged with searching for the lands ruled by Prester John, who was a fabled Christian priest and ruler.
Having rounded the Cape of Good Hope he entered what he named Aguada de São Brás (Bay of Saint Blaise)—later renamed Mossel Bay—on 4 February 1488. Dias’s expedition reached its furthest point on 12 March 1488 when they anchored at Kwaaihoek, near the mouth of the Bushman’s River, where a padrão—the Padrão de São Gregório—was erected before turning back.
A padrão is a large stone cross inscribed with the coat of arms of Portugal that was placed as part of a land claim by numerous Portuguese explorers during the Portuguese Age of Discovery. Notable explorers known to have erected padrões were Diogo Cão, Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama.
At the Dias Cross Memorial on the coast of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, there is a padrão replica on a spectacular outcrop (False Island – Kwaaihoek in Afrikaans, meaning “Nasty corner”); it marks the site of Dias’ most easterly landfall, after becoming the first European navigator to round the Cape of Good Hope. The original padrão was discovered by Arthur Axelson in the 1930s – it had fallen, or was pushed, off the top of Kwaaihoek, and was in pieces in the gullies below. Axelson recovered these pieces and was able to reconstruct the padrão; the reconstructed original now stands in the William Cullen Library of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
It was only on the return voyage that he actually discovered the Cape of Good Hope, in May 1488. Dias originally named the Cape of Good Hope the “Cape of Storms” (Cabo das Tormentas). It was later renamed (by King John II of Portugal) the Cape of Good Hope (Cabo da Boa Esperança) because it represented the opening of a route to the east. Dias’ grandson Paulo Dias de Novais was also a Portuguese colonizer of Africa in the 16th century.
During the 15th and 16th century, Portuguese exploration established a vast colonial empire. From 1580 to 1640, the kingdom of Portugal was in personal union with Habsburg Spain. After the Portuguese Restoration War of 1640–1668, the influence of Portugal declined, but it remained a major power due to its most valuable colony, Brazil. After the independence of Brazil, Portugal sought to establish itself in Africa, but was ultimately forced to yield to the British interests, leading to the collapse of the monarchy in the 5 October 1910 revolution and the establishment of the First Portuguese Republic.
The 1510 Khoi-Almeida Confrontation:
“The Portuguese looked down on the ‘savages’ of the African continent, but they paid dearly for their arrogance when Francisco de Almeida, Viceroy of Portuguese India, was returning to Portugal in 1510. When his crew kidnapped some Khoi children al Table Bay to force the people to bring cattle for barter, the Khoikhoi launched a full size attack on the cream of the Portuguese nobility, killing fifty of the crew, including Almeida himself.” – (Smith & Pheiffer 1993:11)
The Vatican, with the Papal Bulls between 1302 and 1537 claimed ownership of all living things, their bodies and souls on the Earth in perpetuity. Some researchers state that this gave the Portuguese and Spanish Empires, vassals of the Vatican, the right to conquer Africa and the Americas.
|1302||Unam Sanctam||The One Holy||Boniface VIII||Creates 1st Express Trust in history for whole Planet.|
|1455||Romanus Pontifex||The Roman pontiff||Nicholas V||1st Testamentary Deed & Will & 1st Crown over Land|
|1481||Aeterni regis||Eternal Crown||Sixtus IV||2nd testamentary Deed & Will & 2nd Crown of People as Permanent Slaves|
|1537||Convocation||Assembly||Paul III||3rd Testamentary Deed & Will & 3rd Crown over Souls|
Table source: http://one-evil.org/content/texts_papal_bull.html
As a result of this westward expansion countless native peoples were enslaved under the guise of ‘uplifting them’ out of savagery and ‘saving their souls for God’. With it came whole sale destruction of tribal traditions and knowledge dating back to the times of prehistory.
Finally, even the United Nations United Nations declared the Holy See legally responsible and accountable to Indigenous Peoples for effects and legacy of racist colonial Papal Bulls and Doctrines;