Please read passages written by Columbus, himself. The dates of passages students should read include from October 11-October 22. When students are finished reading, they should answer any or all of the following questions.
Do not hesitate to ask your own questions, or even to question or comment on something one of your classmates may post. The only things to remember are to avoid text-like phrasing, and to remain polite.
- What features of Native Americans did Columbus notice? How did he believe they compared with Europeans? Why did he conclude that "they were a people very poor in everything?"
- Why did Columbus think the Indians were friendly? Can you detect hints of what the Indians might have thought about Columbus and his men? How did the two groups communicate with one another?
- What did the Native Americans believe, as far as Columbus could tell? Why did he assume that the Native Americans thought he and his men came from heaven?
- If a diary had been kept by one of the Native Americans who came aboard Columbus' ship, what might it have said about the Europeans?