At the time of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in 1492 on the Bahamian island of Guanahani (now known as San Salvador), he saw the Tano people, who he described in writings as ″as frightened as if they had just been born.″ The Tano possessed intricate hierarchical religious, political, and social institutions, all of which were interconnected.
To Columbus, the idea that he had discovered previously undiscovered places was virtually incomprehensible.His epoch was characterized by a deep belief in the fullness of human knowledge, which he shared with other Europeans of his day.As a result, everything he observed was assimilated into his previous worldview, and Native Americans were relegated to the status of ″Indians,″ much to the delight of most Europeans.
The first port of call was San Salvador. The first sighting of land was made on October 12 by Rodrigo de Triana, a sailor aboard the Pinta. As a result of Columbus’s allegation that he had seen some form of light or aura before Triana, he was allowed to keep the award he had offered to the person who discovered land first.
Taino and Columbus meet in AD 1492; the ″New World″ is infected with new illnesses. The Lucayan Tanos, who lived in what are now known as the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands when Christopher Columbus landed in 1492, are shown in this European painting. Native peoples and their customs were not accurately represented in such portrayals, which was common of the time.
The next year, after his first journey to the Americas, Christopher Columbus wrote, ″They believe very strongly that I, with these ships and people, arrived from the sky.″ ″They believe very firmly,″ he said.4 In their first contacts with Europeans, other indigenous peoples reacted in ways that were comparable to these.Columbus and other Europeans had their own illusions about the American continent.