“The US honors 2 people with holidays bearing their names. Martin Luther King Jr, who gave his life combatting the legacy of slavery, and Christopher Columbus, who initiated it in the first place. (Confronting Columbus)”. Christopher Columbus, often known as a brave adventurer, was actually a perpetrator of genocide. Columbus Day should not be celebrated because of the horrendous behavior Columbus showed off, between the atrocities committed against the Natives and the self-absorption Columbus had, shows that he is not in fact a hero, but instead a villain.
Christopher Columbus was born on October 31, in about 1450 to a weaver and a housewife to a moderately rich family. Columbus knew from a young age that he wanted to pursue a higher education …show more content…
Thousands of Natives died at the hands of Columbus and his men. They found their way into settlements and slaughtered just about anyone who got in their way. about 40,000 natives died on the first expedition, mostly from being thrown to wild dogs, being forced into slavery, or being subjected to torture. Columbus’ main goal in all of this? He wanted to be as rich as possible, cutting off their hands if they didn’t comply with his orders to find him gold. 7,000 native children died from starvation in the 3-4 months after Columbus and his men arrived at the island. They collected pregnant women from all over the island, wagered the genders of their babies, then sliced open their bellies. It didn’t even matter if they were right or wrong about the gender of the baby, because either way the mothers were killed and the babies were thrown aside. The men also split apart Taino families into slave groups. Each white man had a posse of slaves to do work for them, and in a “fair trade” taught them all about Christianity. While many people argue that Columbus was just a man of his time, we live in the present, and in the present it is believed that one must be punished for the crimes he commits. In addition, the evidence about Columbus’ murders, rapes, slavery, and kidnapping of Native Americans show that this man was never good, and that he only really “discovered” Hispaniola for his own
C) Reason: Columbus was to be remembered as the first terrorist in the Americas. Evidence: “When resistance mounted a to the Spaniards’ violence, Columbus sent an armed force to ‘spread terror among the Indians to show them how strong and powerful the Christians were,’ according to the Spanish priest Bartolome de las Casas” (Huffington Post). Evidence: “The soldiers mowed down dozens with point-blank volleys, loosed the dogs to rip open limbs and bellies, chased fleeing Indians into the bush to skewer them on sword and pike,…”
What is Christopher Columbus day? Christopher Columbus day is when people of America celebrate the day Columbus discovered America in 1492 every October and call him a hero. Many historians have honored him and called him a hero as they learned more. (“Columbus Controversy”). However, what society does not know is what he had done to the Natives and their 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.
While Columbus was the first European to sail to America he set a path that others will follow. One of these being slavery. While Columbus was killing the Natives he then forced labor upon them. “ The people of Haiti, where Columbus established a colony in 1493, were almost completely exterminated within one generation, due directly or indirectly to Columbus’ actions” ( Source 4). This caused suffering to the Africans and once they died out he brought in Natives to finish their work.
Columbus day is a celebration of the discovery of a new world that grew to be the one of the most powerful countries in the world. Columbus never gave up when trying to get funding to sail to across the Atlantic. He traveled back and forth multiple time is his determination to create a wealthy colony. Though, like every person, had a flaw, and that was that he was a man of his time. Yet, he was also one of the most motivated and independent people of his time.
Bartolome de las Casas is used by Zinn for many of the sources of the cruelty against the natives, but even Zinn admits that "his figures are exaggerations"(). However, Zinn still puts Bartolome under much less criticism than Columbus even though the priest did his share in being cruel to natives; this was most likely because he wanted to make the point that Columbus should not be so heroized. Overall, the monarchy of Europe is truly to blame for sending the greediest men with orders only to extract wealth from the New World. Whether or not America should celebrate Columbus Day is a highly debatable topic, but it should not really be celebrated or called after a relatively cruel man. Columbus just happened to be in charge of the right ship with a gamble that turned out to make him extremely successful, but he did not have anything, besides good seamanship to make him any more exciting than the average
This started when he sent a large amount of people to Europe to be slaves which started slave trade. When many of the Natives died, the Spanish turned Africans into their new slaves. Lastly, Columbus caused to destroy culture. Spreading Christianity was one of the main motives on his voyages. Not one of the Indians were converted to the Catholic religion which led to them being hung in honor of the redeemer and the 12 apostles (Source
Every year on October 8 millions of Americans stay home and celebrate the “discovery” of our great nation, but most people are misinformed about Christopher Columbus. Many people believe that Christopher Columbus was the first person to discover North America; however, it is quite the contrary. There were many explorers that came to North America, and also there were permanent settlers that moved to North America during the ice age when the land bridge connecting Asia to North America existed. All things considered, the Columbus Day holiday should not be celebrated in the United States, because Columbus was not the first person to discover America, and he tried to enslave the Native Americans, also, he believed the Native Americans were a barbaric, primitive, and unintelligent race, who were beneath his European standards.
After sending them on a search for gold, the ones who found nothing had their hands cut off, and they ultimately bled to death. If some tried to defy his laws, they were hanged or burned at the stake. Columbus and his men literally had total control over the natives, which led to complete domination. With their lack of weapons, they were unable to fight back. Some of his soldiers were so despicable, they rode on the backs of the natives, like they were horses.
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.
Columbus was no doubt one of the most significant setbacks in the history of Native culture. America’s time would be better spent celebrating the vibrancy of diversity Columbus tried to eliminate that remains past the crimes against humanity itself he has
When I was younger I was under the impression that Christopher Columbus was a great man and that he discovered America. We celebrate Columbus day because we honor him for “discovering America”. From this new information that I have learned today, Christopher Columbus is not the man iv have been taught about.
Do you believe that we should celebrate Columbus Day as a national holiday? Do you believe he is a hero? or a Villain? Some people have different points of view when it comes to a question like this; sometimes, their opinion may reflect their religious beliefs or because of all the terrible acts against humanity in the New World. We also do have to remember that he did discover America; he started the Columbian Exchange,and brought many different values to this new world he just discovered. Even though I believe that he is a hero and we should celebrate him through a national holiday, I want to give you a chance to decide whether you think he is a hero or a Villain and choose if we should celebrate him as a national holiday.