Monday, September 21, 2009

Rough Audience

I started reading Hugh Thomas' Rivers of Gold this weekend as DEEP background for PdL. I came across this passage describing an incident on Columbus' third voyage. p.173.

"They [Natives of Trinidad] wore what seemed to be Moorish headdresses. Columbus tried to attract them by shining swords or even saucepans at them, but they were even less attracted by Juan de Guadalajara, who played a tambourine and whose charming music (to which some of the Spaniards danced) led them to begin shooting arrows. Columbus ordered crossbows to be fired. The natives rowed away."

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