Reading Guide

Zinn, Chapter One

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What are the Spaniards impressions of the Arawaks?


What were some of the intentions or goals of Columbusí voyage to the west?


What was the situation in Europe at the time of Columbusí journey?


What did Columbus do with the Arawaks and other native peoples he met?


How did Columbus use "God" to justify his actions?


Since Columbus could not capture the gold he needed to satisfy his investors, how did he seek to make money?


Zinn uses text from de Las Casas, describe some of his observations.


Las Casas, Zinn, and other unnamed historians, estimate the number of people who died in Hispaniola in the late 15th many?


Zinn quotes from Harvard historian, Morison, what point does Zinn make through this?


From what perspective does Zinn tell history?


Explain Zinnís use of the following quote:

"The cry of the poor is not always just, but if you donít listen to it, you will never know what justice is."



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