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1 Nephi 13:12, Book of Mormon: 1

And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land.

Excerpt from ‘A People’s History of the United States’, by Historian Howard Zinn:2

Now, from his base on Haiti, Columbus sent expedition after expedition into the interior. They found no gold fields, but had to fill up the ships returning to Spain with some kind of dividend. In the year 1495, they went on a great slave raid, rounded up fifteen hundred Arawak men, women, and children, put them in pens guarded by Spaniards and dogs, then picked the five hundred best specimens to load onto ships. Of those five hundred, two hundred died en route. The rest arrived alive in Spain and were put up for sale by the archdeacon of the town, who reported that, although the slaves were “naked as the day they were born,” they showed “no more embarrassment than animals.” Columbus later wrote: “Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold.”

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1. 1 Nephi 13:12, Book of Mormon – https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/13.12
2. ‘A People’s History of the United States’, by Historian Howard Zinn – http://www.michaelmeuser.com/zinn/a-peoples-history-of-the-united-states.pdf