While I was in the boat, I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, whom the said Lord Admiral gave to me. When I had taken her to my cabin she was naked—as was their custom. I was filled with a desire to take my pleasure with her and attempted to satisfy my desire. She was unwilling, and so treated me with her nails that I wished I had never begun. But—to cut a long story short—I then took a piece of rope and whipped her soundly, and she let forth such incredible screams that you would not have believed your ears. Eventually we came to such terms, I assure you, that you would have thought that she had been brought up in a school for whores.
Christopher Columbus (via ferrarisheppard)
Dear Of Africa Programming Committee,
First, I wanted to say that I am so happy to see the ROM involved in this kind of dynamic, Africa/African-Diaspora-focussed programming. Finally! I hope it continues past beyond the 3-year tenure of the Of Africa project and gets integrated somehow into ROM’s general mandates.
I have been looking forward to this month’s symposia with particular anticipation—as an academic, and historian of the African diaspora, the keynote address and panels will be very stimulating.
I am utterly shocked, however, at much it costs for the general public to attend. Even the discounted rates are unbelievably expensive for public events at a taxpayer-funded institution. I am sure you are working under many financial constraints and I appreciate the difficulties involved in funding a three-year long project focussed on Africa (in Toronto nonetheless) but I would be remiss if I didn’t say: I have lived in cities and worked in institutions where this kind of programming would NEVER ever cost this much, if anything at all…