Landing_of_Columbus_(2)On this day in 1492 Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain to search for a direct rout to the Orient. As we now know some islands in the Caribbean got in the way and the European conquest of the New World Started. When Columbus saw some native men wearing gold ornaments, he had them siezed so they could be forced to reveal the source of the gold. As Governor he introduced slavery and the eventual extermination of the majority of native peoples through disease and warfare. On his second voyage he explored the south coast of Cuba where…

On this day in 1961 a group of CIA-lead Cuban exiles invaded the Bay of Pigs in a failed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.

Find out more about Columbus from Roger Williams University.

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