The Actions Of The Spanish

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “genocide” is “the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group”. From the same source, it is also stated that a “holocaust” is “an event or situation in which many people are killed and many things are destroyed”. Personally, I know of no other words that describe the actions of the Spanish more aptly; for over the first 39 years of Spanish involvement and (negative) influence in the Caribbean, the Spanish had effectively exterminated the native populations of Hispaniola as well as a number of neighboring islands. The motivations for these dreadful actions undeniably come partially from the Spanish desire for gold, but what looms larger in this situation is the complete and utter disregard the Spanish had for the life of the natives that they discovered originally. Most of the actions of the Spanish were actually rooted in the desire for gold, but for the most part, the desire for gold can explain only the mistreatment of the natives rather than the actual killing of them. The natives were beaten and worked for days at a time, and were also punished severely if they did not work or perform to the extremely strict standards of the Spanish. While many died on the job, the on-the-job deaths due to being overworked were just part of a bigger obliteration of the entire population. The main reason that the native population of Hispaniola and surrounding islands was so quickly annihilated
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