Christopher Columbus “Tomorrow morning before we depart, I intend to land and see what can be found in the neighborhood.” - Christopher Columbus (Columbus) Christopher Columbus’s journey, luck or success? America might not exist or be called what it is today without Columbus’s exploration. In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean in search for Asia and instead discovered America. Christopher Columbus made a great change in history because he found the “New World” which later became known as the Americas. Christopher Columbus started his career as a mariner in the Portuguese merchant fleet.
Columbus and Lindbergh: A Journey Across The Atlantic “For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps”(“Christopher Columbus Quote.”). This is a quote from Christopher Columbus, one of the most prominent and well known explorers in history. As I typed this quote, I considered the differences between Christopher Columbus and Charles Lindbergh. Columbus and Lindbergh both travelled the Atlantic. However, they both used different methods; Columbus sailed across the Atlantic by ship from Europe to North America in the Santa Marie; Charles Lindbergh flown across the Atlantic from North America to Europe.
Most people in our nation grew up thanking Christopher Columbus for the Discovery of America and celebrating him every year on the second Monday of October. And although Columbus spurred the exploration and eventual colonization of the New World he did not discover the country we call home. Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas and enslaved the peaceful natives for selfish reasons. Does this sound like a national hero we should celebrate? No, of course not.
Christopher Columbus is well known throughout America, so known there is a special holiday one a year on the second monday in October. He’s known for finding America and doing many good deeds for America’s evolution. When people explain why this holiday is celebrated, others are told a great man with the name of Christopher Columbus, discovered America. He traveled from Spain to find Asia, specifically India. What people don’t know is he enslaved many people ripping them from their homes without choice.
Christopher Columbus is portrayed as a hero in most discussions regarding him but in actuality he is a villain because of how changed the economic, religious, and social aspects of life in the New World with mass genocide of the native people, destruction of the native peoples’ homes, and the exploitation of the natives. With the arrival of Columbus in the New World came new economic opportunities for Columbus. Columbus exploited the curious natives by trading anything they chose for the resources of the Native Americans. Columbus was in search of gold in the New World and noticed that the natives indeed had it in their culture and wore it as simple jewelry. Columbus’s lust for gold led to the deception and mistreatment of the native people.
Christopher Columbus was the man that sailed the Atlantic ocean, but was not the man that most people think he was. Most people believe that Christopher Columbus was the man who discovered America. However, others say he was a murderer, he kept slaves, and that he was not as successful as everyone thought he was. Christopher Columbus was not who historians say he is. In fact, he is much worse.
A similarity between them was they both faced tremendous difficulty navigating to their destination. Christopher Columbus did not have a map and had to navigate based on the four directions north, south, east, and west. Sometimes the fog got in Christopher Columbus’s way and they would be sailing blind. With Lindbergh, he had to fly low to the water at times and circle around the water to talk to the fisherman of where the land was. Fog also played a big part in Lindbergh's flight because the fog made it hard to see where he was going.
Although separated by over 430 years, the most notable adventures of Christopher Columbus and Charles Lindbergh are both two pieces in the history of exploration. Like many other ventures, they share some similar characteristics: the intent of the trip, the obstacles that came as a result, the important factors that made each quest successful or unsuccessful, and the final result of their travels. The expeditions share many similarities, yet have various differences. In the grand scheme of things, however, they both interconnect the most with their vitality to the progress in the world that we live in. As with any great expedition, there has always been a beginning and a goal in mind.
Ten days later, he decided to attempt his transAtlantic flight, flying out of Roosevelt field at 7:52AM. Lindbergh barely had any sleep the night before, but that did not stop him from trying. The weather was good at first, but later on, he debated on turning back due to icy conditions. Lindbergh’s route was known as the “great circle.” Instead of going in a straight line from New York to Paris, the map shows a slight curve in his route. This makes it look much longer, but in fact, it was a shorter route than going straight across.
Christopher Columbus: A Man of Contrast Most textbooks that students read praise Columbus. They call him a man of bravery and the one who discovered new land. Columbus is viewed as the greatest hero history ever told of. They glorify him and honor what he did. But should Columbus’s actions be celebrated?