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AN ALTERNATE HISTORICAL NOVEL

 

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What if the one hundred thousand Taino islanders had told Columbus and his twelve hundred invaders from Spain “No”?


Other than infrequent raids from the cannibalistic Caribe, the breathtaking island of Kiskeya, or Haiti, is a paradise of peace and abundance, over which Princess Allamanda, eldest daughter of the Cacique Guacanagari, has seen in a vision she will one day rule.

Into this paradise comes the serpent, the barbarous Arike’ invader, Cristofo Colón, Christopher Columbus. He and his men have traveled from Spain, a land far to the east, searching for a water route to China and its riches.

Despite Allamandas’s objections, her father welcomes Colón and his men, granting them near unlimited license on the island. When Colón returns to Spain the Cacique sends with him Allamanda’s youngest brother and a favored cousin, to present to Queen Isabella. In exchange, Colón will to return with twelve hundred men, seventeen ships, guns, canons, horses, cattle, and crops—as well as Spanish civilization and religion.

However, Allamanda sees in a dream what fate Colón’s second voyage will hold for her people. She sees her people enslaved, women debauched, children sentenced to hard labor, and she sees the disease that will nearly annihilate them all.

She sees clearly the one way the Taino can escape this plight . . .

Columbus must die!