The Native Americans suffers hardship for being seen as a minority in the European-American society. Being forced into labor and acquiring diseases from the Europeans was only a few of the calamities they endured throughout the years. The indigenous people’s culture and religion diminishes as the Europeans settles in around them. The agony of seeing their own culture and religion yield to Europeans influences. The Europeans influences the indigenous people as they attain their lands and due to that, Native Americans has to adapt to their surroundings in order to survive. The Europeans arriving with “gifts” for the Native Americans, diseases. It’s seen in the text, “A Collision of Cultures”, the narrator informs that “a pandemic of diseases …show more content…
He lands in America, at first, focusing “on his mission to find riches and conquer new lands” (Columbus Controversy), then later, he and his men “enslaved many native inhabitants of the West Indies and subjected them to extreme violence and brutality (Columbus Controversy). One of the first calamities that Native Americans had suffer through was being forced into labor, because Columbus couldn’t find any gold for Spain, who was financing his journey. Columbus was a man that cared only for wealth and his own life. As he sets his eyes on the aboriginal people, he takes advantage of their kindness: “They willingly traded everything they owned...They would make fine servants...With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want” (Zinn). Columbus is perceived as a base person because he targets the Native Americans, one reason was being their weapons is not as advanced as the Europeans: “European rulers began to commission ever bigger guns and learned to mount them on ships” (Loewen 39). The guns symbolizes control and power over the Native Americans because with the weapon, the indigenous people would always lose to the Europeans. The indigenous people were soon separated from their family and tribes as result of being sold into slavery. The Native American were defenseless against the hulking bullies that stood as an
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Merrell’s article proves the point that the lives of the Native Americans drastically changed just as the Europeans had. In order to survive, the Native Americans and Europeans had to work for the greater good. Throughout the article, these ideas are explained in more detail and uncover that the Indians were put into a new world just as the Europeans were, whether they wanted change or
He took two more Indian prisoners.” (Zinn 3) Columbus just assumed he could put his military base in Hispaniola, a land that was not his to take and in return of the Natives’ gracious greeting, he rudely took two of them as
Christopher Columbus Day is said to be celebrated for his discovery of America. Every year Columbus Day rolls around and it is always a question. Should we question Columbus Day? Should we not? For the most part people always say of course we should.
Rixa Inter Coloum Eiusque Duces Est Sopita explains the feud between Christopher Co-lumbus, and explains how the disagreement is finally put to rest. Christopher Columbus ' feud with Martin began shortly after he discovered new lands in the West. Columbus wanted to re-turn to Spain, so that he could bring bigger fleets with more men to the new lands. However, he wanted to leave behind some of the Spaniards on the island. Although he ordered a tower to be built so that they could have a shelter, the Spaniards, under the leadership of Martin, violently resisted Columbus ' plans.
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.
Because he describes the natives as timid and cowardly, he thinks of the Spanish as brave and resilient. Columbus mentions how naked the natives are, how little they understand the value of different materials, and even goes so far as to forcefully take natives from their homes in order to teach them. This shows that Columbus thinks that as much as he the natives are children, he the Spanish are mature, educated, and understanding of the correct way to live. Columbus’ belief that the natives are innocent and naive shows that he thinks the Spanish are fully-aware, intelligent, and competent, in
He writes with the assumption that he is above them, that they exist to show him how to make the land his. Slavery, segregation, institutional racism, and much of America’s discrimination towards other countries can be traced back to what Columbus did to the natives. Even today, the xenophobia towards Muslims and the image of America as a country made for white people is rooted in the actions of Columbus. The fact that he chooses to instead create an idealistic picture with only the best intentions of the Spanish in mind shows the way Columbus’s mind worked when reporting the details of his voyage back to his homeland. When he is eventually captured, he pretends as if he did nothing wrong in order to deserve this fate.
“Columbus Day Controversy” is an article by Nannette Croce which discusses the debate of celebrating Columbus Day. In the article Croce explains her view of this conflict and her supporting arguments. After reading the article, I understood that she stood in favor of Columbus Day in favor of her Italian heritage. Croce explained in her article that she does support the Native Americans and their rights, however, she feels that Columbus Day should be celebrated at the same time.
History they say is the study of past events; it is the body of knowledge about the past made known to us by historians. Whether it actually happened or they are just a made up stories written, by historians, is a fact we are yet to prove and since these events have no scientific value, its only purpose then is to educate. A popular quote says, “you can fool some people some of the time, but you can’t fool everybody all the time.” Historians and publishing companies have succeeded in modifying and manipulating history for so long, hereby giving students the wrong notion about history. If historians however fail to educate the public properly, but only modify or lie about the past, then all their historical learning is useless since it educates just them.
Some say Christopher Columbus was a hero because he was the explorer that discovered America. In reality, Christopher Columbus had an incredibly negative impact on the world because he enslaved the Native Americans, didn’t help the kind Natives when they got infected by diseases that the Spaniards had brought to America, and killed off most of the Native American population. The tactics he chose to use were violent and destructive by the standards back then and now. First, Columbus treated the Native Americans like uncivilized people by enslaving them and forcing them to work for him although they greeted him and his crew peacefully. ” They could make fine servants,”(document 2) he wrote in his journal,”I took them by force.
" He appears to praise this land and its characteristic assets to exhibit it being the ideal place for colonization. Likewise, he distorts data, for example, "plenitude of gold" and also flavors, as they were the primary purpose behind the Lord and Ruler financing his campaign. Columbus quickly says the locals in the start of his letter, however rejects them rapidly as though they are unimportant to the land itself. This expulsion is exhibited in the accompanying,
Columbus Day is one of the most controversial holidays in America. Columbus Day is celebrated in many of the countries in the Americas for the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival to the New World on October 12, 1492. He originally set out for sail for India under Kind Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. He made a total of four voyages between 1492 and 1498 where he explored Caribbean islands and areas of Central and South America. There is no argument that his “discovery” was a turning point in history, however many argue that his accomplishments have been oversimplified and glorified.
Columbus has long since been renowned as a talented explorer that is graced with the recognition of discovering what we call America, however, deeper insights and research have proved him to be less than an entirely respectable man. Historians have since proven that not only did he never step foot on North American soil, gruesome atrocities have been committed in his name, the accounts of such being from his own writings. Contrary to popular belief, Columbus is not the explorer we, as children, have been taught he was. A common impression educators place upon children is that, not only is he a hero but that since he discovered these lands, of course he could not hurt people that were already there.
“Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress”, chapter one of “A People’s History of the United States”, written by professor and historian Howard Zinn, concentrates on a different perspective of major events in American history. It begins with the native Bahamian tribe of Arawaks welcoming the Spanish to their shores with gifts and kindness, only then for the reader to be disturbed by a log from Columbus himself – “They willingly traded everything they owned… They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” (Zinn pg.1) In the work, Zinn continues explaining the unnecessary evils Columbus and his men committed unto the unsuspecting natives.
“Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise.” Christopher Columbus is seen as more of an icon or symbol than a man when we talk about his daring journey to find a new pathway to the countries that had silk and spices that the Spaniards wanted. When we talk about Columbus, we only ever really talk about how he discovered America and claimed the land mass as Spain’s. We never touch on important questions about the man like how did Columbus actually treat the natives of the land, is our portrayal of him misleading and do textbooks and other pieces of literature agree on his character?