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His greed mildly stiated, Columbus began rewarding his lieutenants with sex slaves–particularly young girls who had been forced into sexual slavery. In a letter to a friend, Columbus remarked upon how girls between the ages of nine and ten could be used as currency.
“A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand.” ~ Christopher Columbus, 1500
Source: The Oatmeal