How Columbus made history

“…the admiral promulgated an act establishing that Cuba was part of Asia. The document of June 14, 1494, stated as evidence that the crew of the three ships recognized it as such. Whoever said otherwise was given thirty lashes, fined 10,000 maravedies, and had his tongue cut out.” —Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano in The Progressive, October 2007, p. 14.

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