Christopher Columbus or Native Americans We have been taught the same concept of the discovery of America for hundreds of years. Christopher Columbus discovered America and we celebrate Columbus Day every year to honor his bravery and strength, but every story has two sides. Native Americans who have been settled in the “New World” long before Columbus stumbled onto the land, aren’t given the recognition they deserve. While some praise Columbus for his discoveries, many are questioning if we have forgotten the importance of Native Americans and what part they played in the Christopher Columbus story. Author Jack Weatherford explains his view on Columbus Day and what we should be celebrating.
Holidays around the world are celebrated to remember and commemorate certain times in history, and to keep those dates important. For quite some time, Columbus Day has been a questionable holiday. Some people say it should be a holiday because we are acknowledging the fact that he discovered the Americas. In contrast, others disagree because of the ways he treated the original inhabitants of the places he discovered. This paper will argue that Columbus Day should not be a holiday because he exploited, murdered, and enslaved many natives throughout his journeys.
Columbus Day, a day in which the landing of Columbus in the Americas is recognized, it wasn’t until the year 1937 that it became a Federal Holiday. It is a Day in which many celebrate his ‘achievements’ and Italian heritage. Among other things this day serves to celebrate Columbus’s vile acts of possessing land that was already another’s territory. I am against the idea of ‘Columbus Day’ and believe it should be changed. Changed to honor and recognize the Indigenous people who lost their lives and belongings due to the arrival of Christopher Columbus and his men.
He says, “If we find it does them good, makes them honest and less disposed to cheat Indians, we will then consider again what you have said” (Stone, 1841). Even though Red Jacket had no idea of knowing the future, this statement really foreshadows the dark world Native Americans would have had ahead of them. White colonists majorly displaced and deceived Indigenous peoples, turning them against each other, resulting in many deaths and hardships. Even though this point is representing what is to come, the irony of the statement gives a great impact of how hypocritical the Christian colonists actually were. With hypocrisy comes self-contradiction.
For many years, people have debated over whether Christopher Columbus is a hero or a villain. Based on background research I have done, Columbus, to me, has proven to be a villain. Columbus forced the Indigenous people of America (Native Americans) to change their religion. He put them into slavery and abused them. They were also infected by the diseases that the Spaniards were immune to.
Christopher Columbus Hero or Villain ? Christopher Columbus is a Villain. On some accounts he can be a Hero. But on many other accounts he's a vicious Villain. Yes he discovered America ; Yes we have a holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492.
The second justification was that these “barbarians” had taken territory belonging to the Christians especially holy sites such as Jerusalem. So the Christians felt that this holy land should be recaptured. And the third justification was that Christ had commanded such an action. I am going to visit each of these points and prove that the social injustice of the Crusades was not justified by these points and try to provide solutions to how this social injustice
Back in the 1400s, if you weren’t a Christian, it meant you were against them. So when Pizarro saw Atahualpa`s reject the holy book and throw it to the ground, Pizarro used that as the reason to start the attack because that meant they rejected Christianity and Pizarro did not like that. You only had one choice, Christianity or Death. In the Incan Empire, the Spanish destroyed a culture because they rejected Christianity and to save himself from death, the ruler gave them all the gold and silver from his land. The ruler had later refused to convert to Christianity completely and the Spanish killed him for this.
In “A Plea for Religious Liberty”, he explains how the Puritan’s uniformity would end in destruction (F). Nathanial Ward explains exactly how many Puritans thought in “The Simple Cobbler of Aggawam” (G). However, they did not have the best relationship with the neighboring Indians. William Bradford wrote a detailed account of the colonist’s attack on the Pequot’s Mystic River village, probably wanting to remember the sweet victory they had upon the Indians (D). A spiritual revival also occurred within the colony, focused mainly among the third- and fourth-generation Puritans.
It showed how different the Europeans where from the Natives and how they they all had different opinions on the Natives. Columbus thought the Indians were gullible and lost people who could be persuaded into doing anything, like changing to Christianity. Sepúlveda thought the Indians were down right Barbarians who enjoyed ripping out human hearts and sacrificing them to God. On the other hand, Las Casas saw talent in the Native Americans and saw they weren't a stupid as they seemed. We wouldn't have this information if explorers like Columbus didn't write journey and books of their experience.
So, if Columbus did not discover anything new, why do we celebrate Columbus Day? People will argue that his arrival marked a new era of exploration and immigration. But, at what cost? When Columbus returned home from his first voyage, he took twenty-five Lucayan Natives with him. Only seven of them survived.
So, what i gathered from this chapter is that, Europeans are jerks. They thought that they were just God’s gift to the earth. So, I guess when they “discovered” a new world filled with people who didn 't look like them, dress like them, live like them, they must of came to the conclusion that these poor, poor savages needed to be reconditioned to be like them or be wiped from history. Which is basically what Columbus did. Why do we have a holiday named after him?
“My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature and now I tremble as I write.”. "[There are] endless testimonies [that] prove the pacific and temperament of the natives... but our work was to ravage, kill and destroy." He was so determined to meet the needs of Spain 's royal family that he disregarded basic human nature. "The admiral was so blind as those who came after him and he was so anxious to please them [royal family] that he committed irreparable crimes against the Indians". Columbus was quite more devious and had more malicious intent than we are previously taught.
Jesus’s name has been banned from being taught in many countries around the world. However in these countries Christianity is steadily growing. The Holy Spirit, that is what gives persecuted Christ followers the courage to teach Jesus, is always around believers and un-believers: the Holy spirit cannot be banned. Believing this simple truth, we know that Christianity changes the individual, the culture, and the government. There is a plethora of tales of Christ changing people for; C.S.
This group of radicals were persecuted for their overly religious ways and were forced to relocate to North America. Nevertheless, the puritans were also oppressed for wrongfully taking land and trying to convert Indians into Puritans. This lead them to move to the rural areas of Massachusetts to practice their religion. The Puritans