You’ve read an excerpt from Christopher Columbus’s letter on the first voyage. This was a letter written to the Spanish monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella. It giving an account of the indigenous peoples of the Caribbeans (which Columbus misnames “Indians.”). We learn a lot about Columbus’s worldview in terms of religion, private property, and social decorum. What we never get is an account of what the native people (some of which Columbus took captive) think. Let’s see if we can’t change this. Are there moments, perhaps cracks in Columbus’s narrative, where we can hear the native “speak”? Quote a short passage from the text, and explain what the native individual may be thinking. Perhaps it’s a moment when Columbus misunderstood something. This requires creative thinking in combination with context clues. By considering these hidden voices, we may get a fuller view of the “discovery” as one in which two sides first meet.