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After Columbus wrote the letter in 1493, it was reprinted in Latin and circulated across Europe. Several copies have resurfaced in the U.S., including this one stolen from Venice in the 1980s. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hide caption

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A pedestrian takes a photo of graffiti that reads in Spanish "Christopher Columbus assassin, we've already knocked him down," on a temporary metal barrier set up to protect the perimeter of the Christopher Columbus statue which was removed by authorities the previous weekend on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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A pedestrian takes a photo of graffiti on a temporary metal barrier set up to protect the perimeter of the Christopher Columbus's statue which was removed last year by authorities on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced on Sunday that the statue will be replaced by a statue honoring Indigenous women. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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Remains of the Christopher Columbus statue near Little Italy in Baltimore after it was ripped from its pedestal by protesters on Saturday. Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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A statue of Christopher Columbus was removed from in front of City Hall in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday. The statue has been a focal point for racial justice protests; earlier this week, demonstrators climbed onto its pedestal to pose for photos. Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Demonstrators stand on the base of a Christopher Columbus statue in front of City Hall during a protest against police brutality Saturday in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Christopher Columbus statue at Manhattan's Columbus Circle "has come to represent and signify appreciation for the Italian American contribution to New York." Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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A statue of Christopher Columbus sits in the water after people pulled the memorial down Tuesday night in Richmond, Va. @marleynichelle via AP hide caption

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By 1495, Christopher Columbus was in trouble. The riches he had imagined finding in Asia were not materializing in the New World, and the costs of his voyages were mounting. Sending indigenous people back to Europe as slaves became his solution. Heritage Images/Getty Images hide caption

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An American Secret: The Untold Story Of Native American Enslavement

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