When the media mouthpieces talk about a mass killing being the worst in our history, don’t forget about historical genocide of Native Americans.
Erasing them from history is a sure way to doom ourselves to repeat the same mistakes again.
When Columbus reached the indigenous people of the Caribbean in 1492, an era of colonization, slavery, murder, and exploitation of the indigenous inhabitants began.
The journals of Columbus and his men tell terrible tales of the things they did to the indigenous people they encountered.
These so-called civilized people chopped up the bodies of Natives people and fed them to their hunting dogs, Kidnapped and sold pre-teen girls in the sex trade, enslavement and seeing if one could slice through a Native with one stroke.
In the Island nations that Columbus conquered it is estimated that 3-5 million Indigenous people had disappeared due to illness and the brutality of their tactics, reported The Indigenous American.
Later, the campaign against Native people proceeded and spread throughout the western hemisphere. The resulting slaughter led by the “civilized” Europeans killed over 100 million people. In North America alone, it is estimated the 20-50 million people were lost in the brutal campaigns of Europeans in the Americas.
This huge part of American history is largely left out of the classroom in the U.S. in an attempt to remove it from history.
If people have not done their own research, they might even still believe the fairy tale version of Columbus as a hero that discovered a new land, someone who deserves a national holiday, rather than the historical Columbus-the mass murderer and slave trader.
The erasure of Native American genocide from the Classrooms and popular culture serves to erase the distasteful memory for the collective mind space. If you can make people forget, it’s as if you’re absolved of the crime.
Modern mass shootings in the United States commonly have headlines including “Worst Shooting in US History”, or something to that effect. We must remember that worst mass shootings took place against a forgotten indigenous people.
Below is a small list of some of the worst mass killing in Northern America provided by The Indigenous American:
1539 Napituca Massacre: 200 killed
1541-42 Tiguex Massacres: 250 killed
1599 Acoma Massacre: 800 killed
1601 Sandia Mountains Tompiro Indians massacre: 900 killed
1623 Pamunkey Peace Talks: the English poison wine at peace talks with Powhatan 250 killed
1637 Mystic Massacre: colonist set fire to Pequot village 600-700 killed
1644 Pound Ridge Massacre: Lenape village burned by colonist 500 killed
1675 Great Swamp Massacre: Narragansett village attacked 340 killed
1676 Massacre at Occoneechee Island: Nathaniel Bacon turns on Occaneechi allies 100 killed
1676 Turner Falls Massacre: Indian fishing camp 100 killed
1676 Rhode Island: militia attacks band of Narragansetts 126 killed
1689 Zia Pueblo: Governor of New Mexico orders attack on Pueblos 600 killed
1704 Apalachee Massacre: Former Governor of
Florida orders attack on Apalachee 1,000 killed 2,000 enslaved
1712 Massacre at Fort Narhantes: North Carolina Militia attacks Tuscarora village 300 killed
1712 Fox Indian Massacre: French Troops attack Fox Indian village 1,000 killed
1713 Fort Neoheroka: Militia attacks Tuscarora village 1,100-1,200 killed
1730 Massacre at Fox Fort: French Troops attack Fox Indian village 500 killed
1747 Chama River Massacre: Spanish Troops attack Ute village 100 killed
1774 Spanish Peaks: Spanish Troops attack Comanche village 300 killed
1782 Gnadenhutten Massacre: Pennsylvania militiamen attack Lenape village 100 killed
1805 Canyon del Muerto: Spanish Troops attack Navajo village 115 killed
1813 Tallushstchee: Tennessee Troops Attack Creek Town 200 killed
1813 Autossee Massacre: Georgia militia sets fire to Creek village 200 killed
1813 Hillabee Massacre: Tennessee Troops attack Creek village 65 killed
1818 Chehaw Massacre: US Troops attack Muscogee village 50 killed
1826 Dressing Creek Massacre: Texas settlers attack Karankawa village 50 killed
1832 Bad Axe Massacre: US soldiers attack Indian village 150 killed
1840 Council House Massacre: Attack against Comanche 88 killed
1840 Colorado River: Volunteer Rangers attack Comanche village 140 killed
1840 Clear Lake Massacre: Mexican Posse attacks Pomo and Wappo village 150 killed
1846 Sacramento River: US soldiers attack Yana village 200 killed
1847 Storming of Pueblo de Taos: US soldiers attack Pueblo de Taos 180 killed
1850 Bloody Island Massacre: US soldiers attack Pomo village 100 killed
1851 Old Shasta Town: Miners set fire to Wintu village 300 killed
1852 Hynes Bay Massacre: Texas militiamen attack Karankawa village 45 killed
1852 Bridge Gulch Massacre: California posse attacks Wintu village 150 killed
1852 Wright Massacre: White settlers attack a Modoc peace party 40 killed
1853 Howonquet Massacre: California settler’s attack and burn Howonquet village 70 killed
1853 Yontoket Massacre: Posse of California settlers attack Tolowa prayer ceremony 450 killed
1853 Archuleta Massacre: White settlers attack Tolowa village 150 killed
1854 Chetco River Massacre: White settlers attack Chetco village 40 killed
1855 Harney Massacre: US soldiers attack Sioux village 90 killed
1856 Grande Ronde River Valley Massacre: Washington volunteers attack Cayuse and Walla Walla village 60 killed
1858-1859 Round Valley Massacres: White settlers wage continuous attacks on Yuki villages 600 killed
1859 Pit River Massacre: White settlers attack Achomawi village 70 killed
1860 Massacre at Bloody Rock: White settlers attack Yuki village 65 killed
1860 Indian Island Massacre: White settlers attack Wiyot villages 250 killed
1861 Horse Canyon Massacre: White settlers attack Wailaki village 240 killed
1862 Tonkawa Massacre: Union soldiers attack Tonkawa village 400 killed
1863 Bear River Massacre: US soldiers attack Shoshone village 280 killed
1864 Oak Run Massacre: White settlers attack Yana’s at spiritual ceremony 300 killed
1864 Sand Creek Massacre: Colorado militia attacks Cheyenne village 160 killed
1865 Owens Lake Massacre: White vigilantes attack Paiute village 40 killed
1868 Washita Massacre: US soldiers attack Cheyenne village 140 killed
1870 Marias Massacre: US soldiers attack Piegan village 173 killed
1871 Camp Grant Massacre: White and Mexican posse attack Apache village 140 killed, 40 sold into slavery
1872 Skelton Cave Massacre: US troops attack Yavapai’s living in a cave 76 killed
1877 Big Hole Massacre: US troops attack Nez Perce village 90 killed
1879 Fort Robinson Massacre: US troops kill Northern Cheyenne’s fleeing imprisonment 77 killed
1890 Stronghold Massacre: South Dakota militiamen attack village in Pine Ridge 75 killed
1890 Wounded Knee Massacre: US troops open fire on Lakota at Wounded Knee 300 killed
While some of the modern massacres are terrible, are they really as bad as the genocide experienced by Native Americans?
We cannot forget what happened to them in the name of civilization, colonization, race, and religion.
These things need to be taught in schools. We cannot continue to pretend they did not happen and continue to pretend Columbus and his men were heroes.
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