The following exhibits are presented as evidence in the case. See photographs
Extracts from a letter from Christopher Columbus to the King of
in the 1600s. Spain
After raising the cross of Christ and the flag of
Spain on the
shores of the New World wrote to the king that
the natives “have a knowledge that there is a God above and are firmly
persuaded that we come from heaven.” They should be Christianized, he added and
the king would receive much gold from the country.
Exhibit 2: Christianizing the natives.
What questions would you like to ask about the extract above?
What questions would you like to ask about the photograph?
Remember to think about the quality of your questions:
Which questions would be easy to answer?
Which questions would be hard to answer?
Which questions would get interesting answers?
Which questions are likely to get the facts from the defendant?
NOTE: The belief of the natives that the new comers came from heaven was used to trick them. The white men offered the natives a voyage to paradise to see their dead forefathers. They won by use of words alone armed with the holy bible and the cross of Jesus Christ.
Exhibit 5: Elephant tusks used to make piano keys, umbrella handles, backs of brushes and many other items.
Exhibit 6: An African barter market
Exhibit 7: Dwellers around
Kenya, practise pottery and weaving and cultivate soil with
Exhibit 8: The Somali Fuzzy-Wuzzy card players. They kept camels goats and sheep and were expert card players.
Exhibit 10: Wireless communication ‘Bush telegraph’ Villages many miles away can pick out clearly, messages tapped on these talking drum.
Exhibit 11 : The Oba of
with his Council of Chiefs. Note the Chief Security Guard sitting at the front
to keep order and intruders out. Oyo, Nigeria
Exhibit 12: The Ibibio Boys dancers of
erroneously referred to as
South African Dancers. Nigeria
Exhibit 13: Pottery Engraving in