Pestilence and Genocide in David Stannards American Holocaust outlines the gruesome situation of Europe by the time Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World. It also shows the grave condition of much of the people of the Continent during the 15th towards the 17th centuries amidst the lavish lifestyle of a handful of royal men that rules their respective countries. The imageries were horrifying: exploitation, plagues, pestilence, widespread hunger, and rampant crimes ravaged almost all of Europe. But this was the only the other half of the story. During Columbus travels to the New World, he brought with him not only marauding legions and conquerors but also pestilence and deaths. Body Columbus came and conquered the New World with rabid ferocity and swiftness.