The story of the indigenous people in the southern states of mexico is a story of people who wanted to stay in their homes and have fought against the wealthy and powerful for 500 years over this. In 1492 Columbus reached the new world. Spanish Conquistadors went forward conquering and claiming lands that were previously inhabited. A new world had come to the people of the Americas and already it was forcing people from their homes. Columbus saw the new world as a land rich for exploitation full of natural resources and slaves. (Zinn) In Howard Zinn’s “People’s History of the United States” quotes Columbus’ log entries on the Arawak people: “They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” Unfortunately this view of the Indigenous people seems to be reflected in the actions of the ruling class in some parts of the Americas still to this day. The 500th year anniversary of Columbus arriving was 1992, this would mark the first recorded appearance of the Mexico’s Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) another movement in a long line of attempts to fight back over the centuries.