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garter of Castile, coming to rest on a pair of delicate
topaz ring. Over this, we hear distant footsteps, echoing
on marble floors.
can now here a subdued conversation.
He bows slightly as she sits at the end of the large
and starts to read aloud.
the New World, and the activities
there of your servant, Christopher
Governor of that Island. You will
remember with what hopes and
promises he beguiled us -- the truth
is that he now presides over a state
of chaos, degradation and madness
SANCHEZ punctuates each word carefully.
From the beginning, Columbus proved
affairs of the island. He appointed
dignity of the nobles who had gone
city, the City of Isabel, named
after Your Majesty. What he
collection of huts, and that in the
wrong place, for all of it was
easily swept away by rain and mud.
Is that not so, Brother Buyl?
The PRIEST nods.
Yes, Your Honor.
easy quantities he promised,
pay an annual tribute. Most being
unable to, they were barbarously
of Your Christian Majesties...
ISABEL lowers her eyes.
Since provocation and injustice
never ceases, many of the Indians
have fled to the forests, or have
begun to slay the Christians.
Could it be so?
Yes, Your Majesty.
But there is worse. From the
undergo physical labor, treating
them equally with the Indians, all
of them reduced to slavery. When
protested against such treatment...
... he was executed.
Is that not true also, Brother
Yes, Your Honor. It is all true.
All of it. I saw it with my own
He has lost control. His great
arrogance has led him into
depravity. He encourages our
He promised a paradise, but he has
made a hell full of all its horrors.
Is that the man I knew, Treasurer
Yes, Your Majesty.
there were many, I remember these
the most. "Nothing that results
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