In a work of impassioned scholarship, David E. Stannard describes in horrific detail the mass destruction of entire New World Societies that followed in the wake of European Contact with the Western Hemisphere – Destruction that lasted for more than four centuries, and that continues in many places even today.
In a sweeping introductory overview of the native cultures of the Americas as they existed prior to 1492, Stannard provides the vibrant context for understanding the human dimension of what was lost in that tragic fire-storm of violence and introduced disease. He concludes with a searching examination of the religious and cultural roots of Euro-American racism and genocidal behaviour.
In the prologue it mentions how much of our people the 10 Indian tribes that the Europeans destroyed in mass numbers, they suffered just as much if not more then the Negros did in our captivity in the belly of ships.
Taken from the Prologue
Just twenty-one days after the first atomic test in the desert, the Japanese industrial city of Hiroshima was leveled by nuclear blast; never before had so many people-at least 130,000, probably many more-died from a single explosion. Just twenty-one years after Columbus’s first landing in the Caribbean, the vastly populous island that the explorer had re-named Hispaniola was effectively desolate; nearly 8,000,000 people-those Columbus chose to call Indians-had been killed by violence, disease, and despair. It took a little longer, about the span of a single human generation, but what happened on Hispaniola was the equivalent of more than fifty Hiroshimas. And Hispaniola was only the beginning.