The Tainos and Columbus Day

I wonder if the Tainos,
Celebrate Columbus Day?
Their ancestry knew him personally,
So the history books say.

The Tainos were the people,
Indigenous to the land,
Which Columbus “discovered”,
They are Native Americans.

Columbus held the Tainos,
In very high esteem.
He said they were good and generous,
(Truly a Conquerors dream).

Columbus and his men,
Returned the Tainos generosity,
By enslavement and torture,
In search of Colonial prosperity.

The Tainos men,
Were forced to work the gold mines,
They had to leave their fields to rot,
Which lead to their decline.

The Tainos slaves,
Who did not produce sufficient gold,
Were punished and tortured,
(In my school, this account never was told).

The Tainos lineage now,
Are of the Dominican Republic, and in Puerto Rico.
If I spoke with a Taino,
This I would want to know:

Do modern day Tainos,
Celebrate Columbus Day?
Whose ancestry knew him personally,
So the history books say.

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