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  • Kalen May 11, 2015 at 11:00 am

    In Columbus’ point of view he might say they were in heavy need of us and we traded nice stuff and were friends. Then when we took the 5 people that was to help there families by getting them educated and rich and we were doing an experiment of how the would do in Spain. We weren’t going to take their gold we were just inspecting it so we know how they carve it. We didn’t even want to land here but we did so instead of let them suffer, we just reduced there population from 300,000 to 500 in fifty years, and thats not bad amour and we were just helping them out. So over all we saved a country from desperation.

    • Benjamin May 11, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Kalen, I agree with you. I like that you thought that Columbus’ point of view would be bright than sad. In some ways in Columbus’ point of view are I think to bright. An example is when Columbus said he reduced the population from 300,000 to 500 in just 50 years. 50 year is about 1 generation. and the fact that he killed about 299,500 in 1 generation is I think a lot of lives lost.

    • Erica May 11, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      I agree because that is what happened in the video and book.

    • Elan May 11, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      I believe that Kalen is correct because Columbus would make it seem that he was helping them. He would make it seem like he is the good guy.

  • Joshua May 11, 2015 at 11:00 am

    This story will be told differently by Columbus because he got what he wanted and the boy lost every thing he had.
    It will also be told differently because Columbus was acting to be nice and the tribe and the boy where not acting to be nice.
    In addition Columbus gave them small things like hats. And the tribe gave them big things like, spears, food and clothing.
    Columbus got the land and eliminated almost all of the tribe.

    • Dylan May 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Josh I agree with you. Columbus did take everything that the little Indian boy had, adding on to that Columbus did take advantage he only gave them hats when the little boys tribe gave them spears and all of the equipment that the tribe had. All and all I think that Columbus took advantage, he took everything, and for the end he killed there whole tribe just to claim that land.

    • Zoe May 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      I agree with you Josh, Columbus and his explorers gave the Taino hats and necklaces. But Taino gave the explorers weapons, gold, and a huge feast of food. The explorers were greedy and not very nice and they got whatever they wanted. But the boy and his family and friends lost everything even their land and most of their people to Columbus and his explorers.

    • Darshan May 11, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Josh, I totally agree with you. Adding on to your last line, the Europeans were very insidious. They treated the Tainos with nice gifts, but then unleashed their dark side.

  • Vivian May 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I think the story might be different because Columbus had different thoughts about the Taino tribe. And instead of making friends he was wanting to steal land. And his inside thoughts must have been different than the little boy. And his feelings are very different because he wanted to steal the land. That is why I think the story would have been told different point of view.

    • Jason May 11, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      I agree with you with all your facts and I like that you made it sound very clear about what you were talking about.

  • Zoe May 11, 2015 at 11:04 am

    It would have been so much different if Columbus was telling this amazing yet scary story. Columbus was an explorer, so he had come to the Taino people’s land. They had brought weapons, which were used to kill many Taino people so Columbus and his lots of other explorers could claim the Taino people’s land. They loved the intense brightness of the gold. Not only did Columbus use the weapons to kill the Taino people and claim the land, but maybe to also to steal the native’s goods. In the video there were 300,000 Taino’s, but later only about 500 left, so Columbus took some people away to different land, so they could take the Taino’s land. That is what Columbus’s point of view in the story would be like.

    • Ariela May 11, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Zoe, I agree when you said that Columbus used the weapons to kill many of the Taino. But also I liked how you used your background knowledge to say that he killed the Tiano people.

    • Caitlyn May 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Zoe I agree with you so much! I love how you added he was an explorer and how it was an amazing yet scary story at the same time.

    • Stephanie May 11, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Zoe, I agree with you that they took the natives away to claim their lands and enjoy the shine of the gold. I also politely disigre with you because I don’t think the text stated that the wepons that they brought were used to kill the natives, but instead, they took them someware else.

    • Jessica May 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      I agree with Zoe because the Taino tribe gave Columbus weapons to fight them with to get there land, while Columbus gave them hats and beads that they can’t use to fight with. There is evidence because after 50 years the Columbians probably used there weapons that the Taino tribe gave them to kill them with because it says in the book and in the trailer for the book 500,000 people were there at first, then 50 years later only 500 were left. They could have sailed away, they could have died on there own, or they could have been killed by the Columbians.

  • Alan May 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I think that even though they took from them and that was bad I would think that Columbus’s point of view would seem naive and innocent like,”we were just borrowing and we were on the Queen’s order,’ and all of that stuff,even though it wasn’t anything like that. Also he could say something like offensive like “it was on the Queen’s order and plus they were primitive”

    • Kalen May 11, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      I agree with you about it was bad to take away from them but I disagree with you about them being offensive especially to the queen.

    • Vivian May 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Alan I disagree with you, because that might be what he would say but the story is also about the little boy’s feelings, so I think it will be about Columbus’s inside feelings. But the story does include them talking to each other.

  • Benjamin May 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I think the story would be different if Columbus told the story because he was the one invading. I think it would also be different because he is familiar with different things than the Taino’s are.

    The first reason the story would be different if Columbus told the story is because Columbus is invading. Columbus is probably worried and confident. He might be worried because the people (Tainos) might of had better weapons and kill him. He is also confident because when he saw that his weapons were better, he was confident that he wouldn’t get killed. The little Taino boy was scared because when he saw the sword and the gun he was scared that the Europeans might kill him or his friend and family with the weapons.

    The other reason the story would be different is because they are familiar with different things. In the book Columbus called one of his weapons a gun. But the boy called it a stick that shoots darts. The boy is only familiar with a stick and a dart so that’s what he called the weapon.

    • Efthemia May 11, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Ben, I really liked when you put “Tainos” in parenthesis after the word “people” to state that the people were the Tainos instead the Columbus’. I also liked your explanation about the feelings of the Columbus’ if the story was told from a different point of view.

    • Samantha May 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      I agree with you because like you said, the story would be more confident, where as the Taino boy’s story was scared and mysterious. I was wondering about this question… would Columbus’ story be shorter than the boy’s?

  • Juan May 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I think Columbus’s point of view is going to be happier because they found new land and the Taino had gold.
    Another reason I think it would be happier is that Columbus was sent to find new land and if he didn’t he might get killed or punished by the queen. My last reason is that probably the queen would be queen would be happy and give him a medal.

  • Efthemia May 11, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    How the story would be different if the Columbus’ told the story by the story would state that the queen sent them to explore and take over the new lands. They’d also state the found a land that had Taino’s live in that land. Eventually, the Columbus’ ruled the Taino’s land and they were gone. Also, they were welcomed to the land. Also they took the Taino boy with four other Taino people. The boy jumped of the boat and swam to a unfamiliar island that was able to be seen from such a distance. In conclusion, those are the ways that the story would be different from the Columbus’ point of view.

  • Ashley May 11, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    The story will be different because in the book, we are listening from the boys point of view and he is younger. Columbus is older than the boy and Columbus is trying to take the land when the boy is trying to keep it. It will also be different because Columbus got directed to come to this land and take over when the boy just got ignored to save his land. Another reason why I think it will be different is because Columbus is leading a bunch of people from Spain to take over this land. The boy doesn’t have anyone to help him try to save his land. The older people are having fun with the things that the stranger bought. My last reason why I think it will be different is because when Columbus took over all the land, he had a different feeling than the boy did.

  • Elan May 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    It may make it seem like the Taino are the bad guys. It may also make it seem that Columbus was mistreated by the Taino. It may also look that Columbus was not trying to take their lands, but they surrendered their lands to the people of the sky. It may make it seem that Columbus gave many gifts, and that the Taino gave none.

  • Jason May 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I think that they are different because when the boy had dreamed that the 3 really big birds that had really sharp and white teeth and they were coming for their island. When he had woken up from his nightmare, his nightmare had come true. He had seen 3 big white ships that were heading towards the island. When the rest of the people had come to see it, they said that they would welcome them. They would always welcome new strangers to their island. The boy had told the people about his dream but they didn’t listen because he was still just a child. When they had seen the people land on shore, they had welcomed them to the island. After that they had bardered. The boy was feeling vary scared and very nervous because nobody was listening to him. I think that the people were happy because they wanted to steal the land from them. After a few days of friendliness, I think that the boy got even more scared and nervous. Then one night, the people had taken the young boys and young men on the boat, and went away. I think the boy was still very scared and nervous while the people who had taken them were happy that they had gotten the people and I inference that the came back later with more people and took the land away from them.

  • Darshan May 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    This confrontation would have been very different when told from Columbus’s point of view because they both have vast amounts of differences. Almost everything the little boy claims they have, Columbus’s men would have taken the opposition. First of all, The little boy has seen a sight he has never seen: someone who had skin that was pale. Of course, the Tainos’ skin would have been dark because they are almost always out in the sun, but Columbus and his men probably never saw a sight like this. Racism might have filled the air at this moment. But besides that fact, Columbus had also witnessed a skin color difference.

    Following this up, Columbus also was an attestant while gazing into their reflection on the gold nose rings. The Tainos wore gold, whereas the Europeans yearned for gold. Their greed for riches was unexplainable. At those times, Columbus and his men would do almost anything for that shiny metal. Since this was the case, the Europeans were starving for the gold. Tainos were used to these materials, and they were nonchalant.

    Once we progress into a little farther into the book, the Europeans unleash their smoldering, scorching power; devouring the land that was once others. Grabbing it. Snatching from the ones who need it. At this moment, Columbus and his men probably felt great pride in themselves. That their trick worked. Acting as if compassionate, their true colors horrifying. The Tainos would most likely feel fear. Panic. No one had ever taken their land before, having such a nice impression at first. And all of a sudden, the Europeans act as if they owned the land and the Tainos stole it.

    To finish, the Europeans would have described this in a whole different way. Dark skin, gold, and seize land. Each religion would have a different story and a different encounter. Europeans celebrate in prosperity; Tainos weep in despair.

    • Darshan May 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      I made a mistake in the last paragraph. It should be “seizing land,” not “seize land.”

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