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. He landed in modern day Bahamas thinking he was in India.
Columbus and the Holy Grail What is one of the most historic moments of U.S. history, is also the most horrid one. The notorious Christopher Columbus, was the captain of that moment. In school, they teach all the admirable things about him, but what they failed to say was all the things he did that were so dreadful, they make your stomach churn. Although he made an abundance of admirable discoveries, the heinous outcomes roughly weighed the same. Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who was the last person to discover the Americas, and claimed it for Spain.
Instead of finding the Indies he finds the “New World” and creates a settlement of his own and starts to do terrible things. This can be taken as Christopher Columbus being greedy and self righteous than being an explorer for Spain. Christopher Columbus should be considered as a pirate instead of an explorer. Christopher is more of a pirate than explorer is that he became the ruler of the new land he found and was very unfair to the natives and his people. Furthermore, Christopher Columbus was a very greedy man that only wanted to be rich and famous.
In actuality, many influential early Americans engaged in activity which contemporary society would consider criminal. Maybe today’s current politician’s actions correlate with those of our early American heroes and founding fathers? Hamilton even acknowledged writing love letters to his wife while living and carousing with prostitutes. It is ironic, how respectable people down through history engaged in lying and illicit activities, but contemporary society perceives the same despicable behavior as a new occurrences pointing to a downward spiral in contemporary society. When looking at colonial America, it is interesting to see that the acceptance of vigilante justice and the practice of residential hospitality has so drastically changed; however, the human condition of engaging in dishonesty and despicable behavior never seems to change.
Through his journey back home, Odysseus makes poor decisions by falling into temptation, and thus people around him suffer from the consequences. Odysseus starts as a great hero, but we soon find out his heroism his character falls into the wrong of temptation when Odysseus and the crew when they visited the Cyclopes island. “As soon as rosy-fingered Dawn appeared, we explored the island,
Primary Source Assignment One Christopher Columbus, was a traveler best known for his discovery of the americas. Before he did so, however, he often spoke out about converting “heathen” cultures to christianity in order to save them (“74 interesting..). This most likely leads to one believing that Columbus’ main goal was to convert all natives and he may have had their best interest in mind. His journal, however, shows a different perspective. In this journal, he explains that the natives he has found will make good slaves and are a malleable people.
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.
Odysseus is tempted by the land of the Lotus-Eaters he desires all that he can benefit by raiding their home. Homer writes, “Then I sent out two picked men and a runner to learn what race of man that land sustained”(92-93). In line 94 Odysseus then learned that his decisions were made in vain, because Odysseus’ men “.. fell in soon enough, with the Lotus-Eaters,” Odysseus took his pride from defeating Troy and turned it into arrogance. This then created problem with Odysseus and his crew and their ability to get back home. One would think that Odysseus would not run into a conflict like he had already endured, but as stated in lines 458-459 Odysseus didn’t learn.
In writing A Voyage Long and Strange, Tony Horwitz’s goal is clear, to educate others on early America and debunk ignorant myths. Horwitz’s reason for wanting to achieve this goal is because of his own ignorance that he sees while at Plymouth Rock. “Expensively educated at a private school and university- a history major, no less!-I’d matriculated to middle age with a third grader’s grasp of early America.” Horwitz is disappointed in his own lack of knowledge of his home country, especially with his background history and decides not only to research America’s true beginnings, but to also follow the path of those who originally yearned to discover America. In order to educate himself, as well as write his book to educate people like himself,
He was the post-colonial and debarred Columbus. He was stripped of his symbolic optimism and exposed as a man with many faults which caused much suffering. History revisionists have found the truth of Columbus. He was a monster by today’s standards. Although what he accomplished was without a doubt historically significant, his expeditions were important in European development of the western hemisphere, these accomplishments cannot be celebrated as a heroic or righteous for many have suffered in this pursuit of prosperity.
The reading that most interested me was Cabeza de Vaca’s The Relation. In this writing, Cabeza de Vaca sets out on an exploration to the New World and is shipwrecked and stranded with the Capoque and Han Native Americans and then the Avavares and Arbadaos Native Americans. Although he is stranded, he feels sympathetic towards the Native Americans and shows his anger towards the other violent explorers. The three most important lines in the writing begin with one on page 32. “They have other strange customs, but I have told the principal and most remarkable of them.” This shows that Cabeza de Vaca was stranded and thought that the Native Americans were strange and had a completely different culture than his people.
Chapters 20/21 Even though Christopher Columbus held onto his belief that he had reached the Indies until the day he died, the new continent he had actually reached had been the result of much geographical speculation and exploration by many curious men. “In some ways, these journeys of discovery collectively represent man’s most astounding characteristic: intellectual curiosity (Watson 424).” As Watson points out, we who live in the twenty-first century have nothing to compare to the feats accomplished by those early map makers and courageous adventurers. “The discovery of America was important intellectually for Europeans” yet many drawbacks soon followed as the New World was not as developed as the Old World (Watson 442).The lack of technology,
What do you think about christopher columbus? Is he really what they say about him in the past ? while reading keep in mind these topics, was he really a good man.Celebrating columbus day big topic to talk about because many of we Americans see him as a hero but is he really one. Columbus was a really bad man. We should celebrate Indigenous people 's day instead of Columbus day.
Christopher Columbus “It appears to me, that the people are ingenious, and would be good servants”. (Document 2) What started out as a journey to find a new trade route ended in the discovery of the Americas for Christopher Columbus. The moment Columbus arrived in the Americas he formed an opinion on the natives. Columbus viewed the Native Americans as if they were below him, and he treated them like slaves. Readily, he believed they were ingenious, and thought that he could easily control them and force them to do whatever he wished.