Cuba was colonized when men in armor sailed to new dominions bringing the gift that is Christ, the glory that was Spain. Some of the very first beneficiaries were Cuba’s Taíno Indians, described by Columbus in a letter to his King:
“They are well-built, with good bodies and handsome features. They are the finest people on Earth, lacking any knowledge of evil. They neither murder nor steal [and] display the most singular loving behavior…always gentle and always laughing.
“They are ingenious and free with all they have; of anything they possess, if it be asked of them, they never say no. They are a very loving people and without covetousness. They are adaptable for every purpose, and I declare to your Highnesses that there is no better country or better people in the world than these.
“They do not bear arms and do not know them. They would make fine slaves. With fifty [armed] men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we will.”