Just now.

Apparently, this week was the week the internet discovered Bartolome de las Casas, a historical figure you might not have heard of if you’ve avoided every book about American history ever written and also Wikipedia and also being awake during basically any television special about the colonization of America. I mean, you’d have to be pretty close to brain dead to never, ever have heard of Bartolome de las Casas. HE’S NOT EVEN THAT GREAT, YOU GUYS. For one thing, he defended the importation of African slaves as a way of dealing with the problem of not having enough workers because the entire native population in some areas had died of smallpox and starvation. Yes, he changed his mind later. STILL. Also, his entire understanding of the world was based in the idea that God wanted everyone to experience Christianity, which…

I mean, whatever, happy Columbus Day.

 

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