By T. Castanha
One of many maximum myths ever informed in Caribbean historiography is that the indigenous peoples who encountered a really misplaced Christopher Columbus are “extinct.” This booklet debunks that fable during the uncovering of ancient, ethnographical, and census information. the writer unearths wide narratives of J?baro Indian resistance and cultural continuity at the island of Borik?n. because the epistemological obstacles of the early historical past and literature have been written via colonial eyes, key fallacies were handed down for hundreds of years. Many tales were stored inside relatives histories having long past “underground” because the results of an abusive previous. complete groups of J?baro humans continue to exist this day.
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The charges against them were eventually dropped. As we can see, the rationalization of indigenous Caribbean extinction has been so heavily permeated that academic institutions today are theoretically and practically obligated to uphold the thought. But why is this belief so strongly upheld if it is not true? In addition to the idea of a biological extinction that only sees supposed “pure” identities as credible, it was apparently done for several reasons as explored in detail later. Briefly, the early Spaniards often exaggerated the effects of colonization and impacts of the spread of disease to secure favors from the Crown.
Todorov’s remark that “the sixteenth century perpetrated the greatest genocide in human history”47 speaks to this point. This statement basically totalizes the indigenous population out of existence, precluding any possibility for native representation. The contemporary scholar’s cultural worldview and objectives often disallow for tangible representation and perspective, just like in the past, and thus the continuation of a myth model. ”48 The same thinking has been permeated on those who attempt to produce alternative narratives and expound on the intense resistances carried out against the Spanish colonizer countering this history of totalization.
50 The discovery principle essentially relegated non-Christian peoples to a savage and subhuman level in order to justify European expansionism and domination of the world. Christian European nations’ assumption that discovery conferred legal rights of title to lands found together with the diminishing of one’s humanity were the ideological keys to maintaining possession of those lands. ”52 The requerimiento explicitly presented one of the first instances of the “just war” theory as applied in the Americas.