And they know neither sect nor idolatry, with the exception that all believe that the source of all power and goodness is in the sky, and they believe very firmly that I, with these ships and people, came from the sky, and in this belief they everywhere received me, after they had overcome their fear.

Y no conocían ninguna seta ni idolatría salvo que todos creen que las fuerzas y el bien es en el cielo, y creían muy firme que yo con estos navíos y gente venía del cielo, y en tal catamiento me recibían en todo cabo, después de haber perdido el miedo.

Christopher Columbus

Describing the natives of what came to be called Hispaniola.

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Original Citation

Columbus, Christopher. Letter to the Sovereigns on the First Voyage. 15 Feb. 1493 - 4 Mar. 1493.

Current Citation

Columbas, Christopher. "Letter to various persons describing the results of his first voyage and written on the return journey." The Four Voyages, translated by J. M. Cohen. Penguin Classics, 1992.