Christopher Columbus Attitudes Toward Natives

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Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World where he encountered the native Indians. Columbus’s attitude seemed dehumanizing towards the natives as he looked down on them thinking they were less than him. His journal states, “It seemed to me that they were a people very deficient in everything” (Columbus 2). Columbus implies the natives are not as intelligent as he is and feels superior to them. Columbus also says that the natives would make good slaves. He writes, “They come here from the mainland to take them for slaves” (Columbus 5). Columbus explains that people from other islands want to use the native Indians as slaves. His attitude towards the natives is extremely disheartening and insulting. Columbus’s final way of expressing his attitude to the natives is seen when he feels like he should convert them to Christianity. He describes, “I believe that they would easily be made Christians for it appeared they had no creed” (Columbus 6). Columbus feels that since the native Indians are not religious, he will …show more content…

His desires and goals are constantly shown throughout the journal. The first point of his mission was religion and one of his goals was to convert the natives to Christianity. Columbus narrates, “I knew that they were a people to be delivered and converted to our holy faith by love rather than by force” (Columbus 1). Columbus says that he wants to convert the natives to Christianity and he wants to do it peacefully. Columbus also wants the natives as slaves. While he is meeting with the native Indians, he notices their body structure and intelligence. In his journal it states, “They should be good servants and of quick intelligence” (Columbus 6). Since the native Indians appear to have physical strength and accommodating personalities, Columbus feels that they will make good slaves. Columbus came to the New World with high aspirations in mind and when he arrived he found all that he

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