- How and why was this map created?
- Who were the Taino? What did Columbus think of them?
- What did the Taino think of Columbus?
- What does this map convey about the values of Spanish (European) culture and their attitudes toward discovered peoples during the Age of Exploration?
- What does it mean to say that Columbus “discovered” the Americas?
[caption id="attachment_9108" align="alignright" width="300"] The Landing of Columbus[/caption] Expose your students to the history (and reality) behind Christopher Columbus’ first encounter with the Caribbean and the Taino. Two key primary sources in this lesson are a letter from Columbus to the King and Queen of Spain detailing interactions between Europeans and the indigenous population and a 1562 map of European attitudes toward the New World. With guidance from teachers, these documents can help spark inquiry from students: