Reason for extinct natives
Christopher Columbus: The villain
Columbus mentioned gold in his writing nearly 150 times in the two months he spent sailing around the Caribbean. He demanded that each adult Taino (Native American) bring in gold every 3 months. There was little gold on the island, so most of them came to Columbus empty handed. In response, Columbus cut off their hands. On his second voyage, Columbus sent 550 natives back to Spain to be sold into slavery. At least 200 of them died on the way across the ocean.