Goodbye Columbus: The Real Meaning Behind The Holiday Some see Christopher Columbus as an iconic explorer, who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to prove a simple point of a round Earth. Even more people see Columbus as the heartfelt founder of the New World. However, there are few that see Columbus as an invader, liar and murderer. This large genocide that took place, should not be celebrated as a prideful holiday, but more a mourning for the lives lost. Over 2,000 year ago, Eratosthenes, an Ancient Greek mathematician, calculated the circumference of the Earth.
Their reason for settlement in the Americas had largely to do with the hopes of finding goods, wealth, and land. As a matter of fact, during Christopher Columbus’s first voyage he not only discovered the New World, but as well as conquered territories such as San Salvador, Cuba and Hispaniola as Spanish possessions (America, Spanish Conquest). At the time on his first trip he left behind a group of Spaniards in Hispaniola in order to colonize it and find gold. However, to his surprise they were all gone when he came back. Current historians do not have a specific answer to their disappearance but some say they were killed by the inhabitants of Hispaniola because of mistreatment.
One reason why I think we should not celebrate Columbus day to the extent of a federal holiday is because of the thinking that Columbus was the one who discovered North America. In the article “Leif Erikson” , Leif Eriksson, who was the son of Erik the Red, is said to be the first European to set foot in North America. There are stories about how he truly discovered North America but one story says that he sailed off course on his way back to Greenland and ended up below Greenland in North america. Another story is he heard about the fertile land of North America by an icelandic man who had sailed past it years before so Leif thought it would be a good place to land his ship. This idea of Christopher Columbus truly
When he reached back to Europe, he attempted to get financing for an expedition to find a new western route to find Asia, (also to prove his theory/belief) /Magellan eventually found a route to the pacific, now known as the strait of magellan. After joining a crew ship, Ferdinand Magellan has served Morocco yet was injured and had to return back to his country (Ferdinand Magellan). Through the years of 1520 to 1521, his ship has reached Guam and the Philippines with about 200 men (Ferdinand Magellan). He was killed in a battle between a rivalry of tribes in April 27, 1521 (Ferdinand Magellan). Objective was to discover
He pressed for his children’s freedom up to his dying breath, even though he was not victorious in freeing his grandchildren, after his death, his children were finally granted their freedom (186-187) After thirty years of enslaved labor, Ibrahima encountered Marschalk, who believed Ibrahima was of royal descent, a Moor (pg. 89). This confusion was the reason why Ibrahima was allowed back to his homeland. Because of the false letters Marschalk sent to President John Quincy Adams, it changed the results of the elections of 1828. This brought Ibrahima’s departure quicker and assisted him on gaining large publicity to acquire the money needed to free his family from
Amelia Earhart was, and still is, one of the most famous women in history for being the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean. On July 2nd, 1937, the famous pilot and her navigator, Fred Noonan, mysteriously vanished while attempting to circumnavigate the globe around the equator ("The Odd Vanishing Of Amelia Earhart."). There are many different theories on what could have happened that day that range in believability and it is important to add that there is little to no evidence for any of them. The circumstances to where and when they died also had a large factor in the conspiracies. Earhart and Noonan’s plan was to circle around the globe starting and ending in California, USA.
Christopher Columbus is a man who is commonly depicted as a hero and great explorer who discovered our modern day America, but many of the so called “facts” are not all completely true as people would like to believe. Columbus was undoubtedly a courageous explorer who brought many new ideas, cultures, and resources to be exchanged between the New World and Europe. While this is true, it is not uncommon for people to forget the harmful effects brought along with the voyages made by Columbus and the darker details of his times in America. Columbus started from humble middle class family. Columbus was born in 1451 in the Republic of Genoa as the oldest of his four siblings.
My dearest grandson John, January 1, 1700 It seems only yesterday I was an ambitious young man looking for riches. I had heard about the abundance of gold and jewels in the new world and was actively looking for passage there. A friend of mine, who was employed by The Virginia Company, suggested that I join him in his voyage. Being young and naïve, I spontaneously agreed. We left England in the December of 1606 .
Besides the search for spices in India, he had opened up access to India through the ocean, something no one had ever done. When he reached Calicut, where the spices were said to be, he found more than just that. He discovered new cultures and religions. According to Vasco da Gama: Round Africa to India, 1497-1498 CE, “Both Prince John and Prince Manuel continued the efforts of Prince Henry to find a sea route to India...His expedition turned the commerce of Europe from the Mediterranean cities to the Atlantic Coast and opened up the east to European enterprise” (Thatcher 1). The overall goal of the voyages was to find a sea route in order to make trade and travel to the East safer.
By speaking of the innocent natives first then mentioning the land he sets up an invisible correlation implying that these people can be put to work on this land under The Crown. Columbus’ letter can be interpreted as the Crown’s return on investment. Once Christopher Columbus sways the King and Queen, they will further support his ventures into the Americas. What Columbus does while in this new land was capture as many people that can fit in his ship to sell as slaves. Because Columbus had limited amounts of ships he could not take as many natives as he would have preferred and this could be an indication to why he wrote his letter the way he wrote it.
Columbus, who was brave and admiring, had a different route to Asia led the journey west came upon the new yet to be explored American continents. According to Document E, it states, “His conquest of Atlantic the outer space of the fifteenth century - is as meaningful to the Americans of the space age as it was to our forefathers who pushed across the vast expenses of this continent.” This quote shows how Columbus’s conquest was an important milestone in the achievements of people of his time and even today. Despite his famous discovery, one of the main reason to set sail for this conquest was Columbus’s greed for riches and fame. In Document A, it states, “I was very attentive to them, and strove to learn if they had any gold.” From this quote, it shows Columbus’s strong belief in finding gold, as he tried in many attempts. As a greedy man, Columbus’s journey was not well impressive; since other men would also eventually discover the American continents, due to their interest in gold and glorious fame for a cheap and short exploration
Before the United States of America became united, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 to set out for Asia to find gold and other riches. Upon his quest, he founded the New World. But he wasn’t the only one who discovered America; after Christopher Columbus, a man named John Smith sailed to the miraculous land called Virginia. It was in Jamestown that John Smith and the English decided to reside to start a new colony in the early 1600s. In 1607, John Smith was out exploring, trying to find food for all the English and it was then that he realized that they were not alone.
His family hoped he would become a lawyer, but he told his father he would rather explore the West Indies.In 1540, Hernando de Alarcón was given command of three ships to carry supplies to Francisco Vásquez de Coronado 's expedition. In summer 1540, Alarcón and his fleet sailed from the mouth of the Río Grande de Santiago He made two journeys up the Colorado. On the second one, he reached a point near the mouth
Eventually, he managed to acquire a fleet of small boats, and through this he was able to acquire his first fortune. Later on, during the Civil War, he donated his finest bought, the Vanderbilt, worth one million dollars, to the U.S. Navy. Though many sources may say that he did not donate it, the vast majority says that he did, in fact, donate the boat. Throughout the 1860s, Vanderbilt shifted his focus over to the railroad industry. Before he acquired multiple railroads, the railroad system was not unified, and therefore had different timetables, costs, and rolling stock.
He is also known for when he built a small financial empire that helped advance spanish colonization in the Caribbean. In exploration Ponce de Leon accompanied Christopher Columbus on his 1493 voyage to a new world, but didn’t return with him because he wanted to stay in the Dominican Republic. About a decade later from that Ponce de Leon explored