It's really fashionable in America these days to rag on the Italian, Columbus. Of course, this ignores entirely the fact that he never set foot in America, and it also ignores entirely the fact that the reason why Spanish is the language of Central America is because it was the Spanish - not an Italian - who conquered every inch of that part of the New World.
Those "proud, hard-working" Latinos to this day speak the language of the people who ran their sorry butts into the ground.
And there's a reason why the Spanish "conquerors" fled in fear from places like Florida and the Keys. That's because the natives there knew about the manchineel tree.
And they knew how to use it.
One favored tactic was to strip the invaders naked and lash them to the tree. The agonized screams continued day and night, which rather had the effect of encouraging the invaders to go elsewhere.
And in answer to the Latina idiot cited below: why do you speak Spanish?