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A plaque out­side of the Fri­ary of La Rábida in Spain asks, “Won’t you help us in our in­ten­tion to spread love and peace, the forces that ra­di­ate from this hum­ble monastery?” Christo­pher Colum­bus stayed at the fri­ary, work­ing on se­cur­ing fund­ing, be­fore mak­ing his first voyage to the Amer­i­cas.

There are lies we tell our­selves and lies we tell oth­ers. The In­ter caetera,a 1493 pa­pal bull from Pope Alexander VI, of­fers an ex­am­ple of both: a lie from a Pope that en­abled its re­cip­i­ents to lie to them­selves about their mo­tives. In “La Rábida, Soul of Con­quest: an Anishi­naabe en­counter,” Bon­nie Devine in­stalled tran­scrip­tions in Latin and English of the de­cree, which stated that land in Central and South Amer-

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