SW10: Psychovant Teaches American History #14: "Human Resources"

Scott Eiler seiler at eilertech.com
Tue Jan 21 14:46:53 PST 2020

Psychovant the Duck here, with another lesson.  Last week, we talked 
about stuff the New World produced.  This week, we talk about how they 
found their workers back then...

So did we all come here to abuse the natives?  A bunch of you humans 
did.  Not that you meant to; it was just convenient.  Slavery was in 
fashion back then, and it was cheaper to try to use local slaves than 
imported ones.  Spain did it first, in the 1500s before the other 
factions even had settlers.  But it got so bad, their monarchs back home 
would put out proclamations saying "Cut it out".  The migrants would 
promptly ignore those.  Then the monarchs would send out royal 
commissioners to set rules and draw boundaries and *make* the abuse 
stop.  As soon as they did, the Spanish people who conquered Peru rose 
up in rebellion!  Yeah, I know that's *South* America, but it's still 
American history...  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzalo_Pizarro) And 
the rebellion didn't work.  England took notes, and started *importing* 
their slaves - and not messing with the rules for slaveholding.

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