On Columbus Day it has become popular to diss the Great Navigator and his Spanish cohorts for bringing their worst — rapists, murderers — as they invaded the hemisphere. It would actually be more accurate to bequeath the title of General of Genocide to Captain John Smith and subsequent English invaders. While the Spanish certainly began their stay in the new land raping and plundering the indigenous populations, they went on to build their colonies through a system of miscegenation that left large mestizo populations in most former Spanish colonies. The English were not so magnanimous.
The good English protestants shunned the idea of intermarriage, preferring to bring their own women with them to settle the lands they ‘claimed’. These most righteous Brits not only disdained the native population as marriage partners, they even found them lacking as slaves and therefore felt compelled to import Africans to pick their cotton and tobacco. Thus, the entire English venture in the New Land was based on a broad policy of genocide and slavery. Not news of course, just customarily ignored facts.It still amazed me how effectively the English were able to perpetuate the myth they invented, attributing their own genocidal policies to the more humane Spanish invaders while presenting domestic images of English settlers living in good Christian harmony with their redskin neighbors (the Thanksgiving myth especially).
The impact of the two opposing colonial polices became clear to me during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. While looking at the different teams from nations of the western hemisphere, I noticed an obvious disparity in racial makeup. Some teams were predominately White (the U.S.A. and Canada), some largely Black (Brazil and the Caribbean island states) and others mostly Mestizo (Peru, Ecudor, etc.). After a simple Google search for demographic data, I made up a spreadsheet listing the various racial categories reported by each state. Interestingly, the U.S.A. is the only nation that has no category for a Euro-Indigenous mix like Mestizo or Métis. I then realized that such people probably fall under the Hispanic category. Very telling date, that! That would indicate that the Hispanics, including Trump’s hordes of illegals, are in fact the main remnants of the original population.
I know demographic data is never precise, but it does present a relative picture of comparative populations. Here are the numbers (rounded off) from data recorded mostly in Wikipedia. It shows the percent of the population that is FULL OR MIXED AMERINDIAN. All the nations except those listed in bold print are former Spanish colonies.
|NATION||AMERINDIAN (Including Mixed)|
So, while Columbus opened the door for the European invasion — and raised a little hell at first — we have to admit that the near annihilation of the indigenous population was a largely Anglo-American enterprise.