an English translation of information that Christopher Columbus recorded in his 1492 log following first contact with the Western Hemisphere's native Arawak men and women of the Caribbean Archipelago --- taken from Howard Zinn's classic work "A People's History of the United States -- 1492 - Present", page one: "They...brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things.... They willingly traded everything they owned.... They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features.... They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane.... They would make fine servants.... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want." The Arawaks not long thereafter ceased existing altogether as the people they had been when C. Columbus first met them in 1492.