HISA01 Sept. 17
Explorers ran into problems of how to identify things that they ‘discovered’ while arriving
in new lands.
How to identify new/unknown things:
Talk to natives
o Is hard to do so as language barrier.
o The unfamiliar in terms of the familiar = unknown in terms of the known.
o These problems of not knowing things leads to problems, which are both
understandable and problematic (leads to cultural assumptions).
Compare to known things
o Looks like… so must be…
Columbus and the Taino
There was money needed after the reconquest of the Holy Lands (Jerusalem etc.) from
the Muslims in name of Spanish.
Religion was a way to show others who they were
Put a cross in the ground and assumption of being Christian.
Spanish put idea of Garden of Eden for the Americas
Tainos: natives of where Columbus landed.
Tainos were to represent innocence