The Nature of Initial Contacts
According to his Journal, when Columbus first landed on an island in the West Indies, large numbers of the natives assembled to receive the Europeans. Columbus states that since he knew that they could be converted to the Christian faith more easily by love than by force, he
gave to some of them red caps, and glass beads to put round their necks, and many other things of little value, which gave them great pleasure, and made them so much our friends that it was a marvel to see. They afterwards came to the ship's boats where we were, swimming and bringing us parrots, cotton threads in skeins, darts, and many other things; and we exchanged them, for other things that we gave them, such as glass beads and small bells. In fine, they took all, and gave what they had with good will.1
As Columbus sailed along the coasts of the other islands, he was greeted in a similar manner by the natives. It appears that mingled with these evidences of friendship there was a feeling of awe. For as Columbus relates in his____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Race and Culture Contacts in the Modern World. Contributors: E. Franklin Frazier - Author. Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1957. Page number: 39.
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