This is from a priest on the island of Hispaniola (Haiti/Dominican Republic) about when he arrived in 1508:
"there were 60,000 people living on this island, including the Indians; so that from 1494 to 1508, over three million people had perished from war, slavery, and the mines. Who in future generations will believe this..."
"My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature, and now I tremble as I write..."
And this from the primary biographer of Columbus: "The cruel policy initiated by Columbus and pursued by his successors resulted in complete genocide."
By 1650, there were no Arawaks remaining on the island, having been anywhere from 1-3 million there when Columbus arrived. Suffice it to say, I will not be celebrating Columbus Day for a while.