Despite the American education system teaching children that Columbus is an idol, he was actually a pretty terrible human being. After invading the Native people's land, he would try to gain their trust and learn their ways. Only after he learned how much gold they posses, he enslaved and mutilated the people. He wrote, "They do not carry arms or know of them... they should be good servants." Columbus would punish the Native people by loss of a limb or even death, for not collecting enough gold. The Europeans brutal treatment and infectious diseases, within decades, the Taino population was decimated.