What happened to the Arawaks after Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World
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It is said that when Columbus arrived on the shores of the islands of the Caribbean there were between 250,000 and 1 million Island Arawaks. By the middle of the sixteenth century, disease, slavery, and outright killing brought the number down to fewer than 500. Today, about 30,000 Arawaks live in Guyana, and there are small populations in French Guyana and Suriname.