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Christopher Columbus was no saint — and neither were the indigenous Americans

Christopher Columbus was no saint — and neither were the indigenous Americans

To the editor: Steven Hackel, a professor of history at UC Riverside, would have us believe that the indigenous peoples of the Americas in the 15th and 16th centuries were just sitting around peacefully. Such was hardly the case. (“Why L.A. is right to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day,” Opinion, Oct. 9)

The cruelty of Europeans in those dark times, including Christopher Columbus, was no greater than among peoples everywhere. The Europeans were just more successful.

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