Christopher Columbus Narrative Essay

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Between the Narrative History repeats itself, at least that is the way the cliché goes; this phrase is significantly truer than we realize. There is a document where Christopher Columbus writes about his first encounters with the Indigenous people in the Caribbean. He praises the King and Queen for helping him conduct this mission. Further, he describes the people he came across as “innocent”, filled with lovingness, and inclined to the servitude of “your Highness”. Columbus also brings attention to the King and Queen that the Native people can be made Christians. Another observation Columbus came to write about was of all the beautiful land that was amidst them ready to be cropped. Lastly, he ends his letter to the King and Queen by shining…show more content…
Because Columbus had limited amounts of ships he could not take as many natives as he would have preferred and this could be an indication to why he wrote…show more content…
Ultimately having the support of the crown worked in his favor to exploit the land and its people. Columbus’ discovery of this new land led to the Columbian Exchange where animals, plants, and humans were “products” of the New World and transported to the Old World. Another product he came across was gold something he seems to leave out of this document. The way Columbus took advantage of the native people was brutal not only by enslaving them but by colonialism which essentially is a takeover. They killed mass amounts of people to achieve that. For discovering this new land and all that came with it Columbus was rewarded and was given an extra three voyages. This was the start of colonialism and in that era it had become a reoccurring thing especially with the Americas. Another person famous for exploiting people and land was Hernan Cortes. A man who sought a better life in the New World and ended up conquering the Aztec Empire; he was rewarded for this by the Spanish Crown, much like Columbus. He exploited the people and took control of the land. Although this extent of savagery is not tolerated in our present day Americas it can still be found in a political and business spectrum. Much like Christopher
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