Christopher Columbus was an explorer who was known to discover the new world. There was another side to Christopher Columbus that they don’t talk about. Columbus first set foot in Hispaniola where he encountered a group of native that was called the Taino. The Taino was a friendly group of people who traded jewelry, animals, and supplies with sailors. In the article Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?
When I was younger I was told the Christopher Columbus was a hero. And when I was a child I didn’t know better so I believed it. Because adults would never lie to me, right? Well they didn’t exactly lie they just kept me away from the major details. Like how Christopher Columbus in a way is the reason why slavery began in the Americas.
Was Christopher Columbus a hero or a villain? Not everyone will agree on this topic because everyone has a different point of view in the way he discovered the New World. Most people would say that he is a hero. We celebrate each year on the second Monday of every October of when he discovered the New World. Myself, I find Christopher Columbus to be a villain.
Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer who is well known for “discovering” North America. In reality Christopher was trying to get to China and thought he was in Japan all 4 times he went to North America. He was actually in what is now the Bahamas and Cuba. And really Christopher didn't even discover America. The Native Americans beat Columbus by thousands of years.
When Columbus sailed the long blue ocean to prove that the earth was round, he didn’t know that he was going to find America. Nor did he know he would commit genocide. Most people see Columbus as a big historical icon, but few know of his horrid works. Although Columbus found america he turned the native americans into slaves and any that rebelled he killed. Now Jean Marzollo may say that ‘Columbus was brave, and he was bright.’
I think that Christopher Columbus is a very good hero and that he his a good reason that we are here. He is the reason that the U.S. is also here today and if it wasn’t for him we may not even be alive today. He also did very bad things like killing Native Americans and exploiting their gold. A reason that I think that he is a good hero because he was a very religious person.
In the book Zinn, The author gives a point of view of Christopher Columbus that is usually not given. Most of the time the story of Christopher Columbus is told from a historian point of view. They usually tell you of his mission, and of the three ships that he takes in order to find gold and other new riches. Zinn informs us that he is not the hero that, that we all think that he is. It shows us that he tortured, abused, and overwhelmingly embarrasses the Arwark Indians.
People have very different opinions on Christopher Columbus. My opinion is he was a very greedy man, the only thing he cared about was money. He would do anything possible to get it, even if he was already rich he would want more and more. Some things he did was took 10% of any riches in a land he might discover. Also, he didn't care whose flag he was sailing under, he only cared about getting the money.
When I am posed with the question “to what extent should I as a citizen respond to how Christopher Columbus colonized Canada” I do not find it that difficult because I honestly do not agree with most things that he was associated with. A few points that I would like to use to “drive my opinion home” are his greed for getting paid, the conditions that he put his slaves through and his overall treatment of the Aboriginal people that he met. One thing that was Christopher's first downfall was his greed for gold- or as they called it back then, cheddar. The only reason he went on his 1492 expedition in the first place was because he wanted to have more money. As a child, he did not have the richest family and he grew up in the middle class household.
Many very important events happen every day each year all over the world. Some are not as interesting as others but are still just as important. They range from discovering a new species to the launch of the first rocket into space. Many people don’t think of these even when their birthday lies on it. After researching historic events on my birthday, August 1st, I have found three very interesting topics: Columbus discovering South America, how the first world war started, and an ex-marine going on a killing spree in Texas.
The United States admires Christopher Columbus for the things people think he did, but his “accomplishments” and “discoveries” may have been false. Columbus day should not be celebrated because he didn’t do the things he said he did, he did terrible things, and he caused problems to happen. Christopher Columbus didn’t do the things he said he did like discovering America, having knowledge, and he never actually meant to find the Americas. Columbus did terrible things such as encouraging men to rape girls, having harsh punishments for people with minor offenses, and he lead hunting dogs to tear the Indians apart. He caused many problems like death, slavery, and destroying culture.
Although Christopher Columbus marked a turning point in history, he was not the hero he’s said to be. For one, he enslaved countless amounts of natives after his arrival in the “New World”. He believed they’d make good servants and put them to work finding gold for him. He also mutilated these enslaved people if they did not find enough gold for him. They were usually punished by the loss of a limb and, on occasion, by death.