Origin of Everything

How Columbus Invented Cannibals

Season 1 Episode 5 | 6m 30s Video has closed captioning.

While evidence of people who eat other people existed long before Columbus, the idea of tribes of “savages” in the jungle who hunt other people for food was truly birthed with Columbus. He is even the first person to ever use the word “Cannibal” to describe such people. The problem is, no such people really existed in the Caribbean islands where Columbus landed.

Aired: 10/03/17

Rating: NR

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