Columbus: A Historical Icon Or Hero?

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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.’ in her poem “In 1492”, but was Columbus very bright at all? Columbus was put in jail for his harshness against the natives and stripped of his titles. For example, Bartolome de Las Casas said ‘The Spaniards forced their Indian slaves to work without rest and gave them little food. The men died in the mines and the women

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