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The Knotted Line

Evan Bissell, Author
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Gloss: 1495

Promising great wealth to Spain, Columbus takes 500 Taino-Arawak Indian slaves to Spain, 200 of whom die en route.  Returning to HispaƱola (present day island of Haiti/Dominican Republic), Columbus requires that anyone over 14 must find a quota of gold or have their hands chopped off.
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