Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred ninety-two. When one hears the name Christopher Columbus, they tend to think about his discovery of America. What they don’t consider is how his discovery changed and affected America.
First of all, Columbus’ discovery provided the start of a long term colonization, which created what we know today as America. People, who immigrated from another country, traveled all over the world to make it to America in hopes of getting land in “The New World”. When more and more people came from different countries to collect the riches that Columbus had found, neighboring countries felt the urge to send residents on a permanent voyage to discover the riches like Christopher Columbus had done. It wasn’t just two or three countries who followed this mechanism either In the French colonial regions, they were focused on trade, specifically of fur with the natives. While the French were focused on trade, a large portion of their income came from fish. Along with that, farming developed, mainly to provide support. With all of that being said, it is clear the Christopher Columbus’ discovery impacted to economic portion of “The New World”. …show more content…
Many different countries, religious groups, people of varied nationalities all traveled and settled in America. Because of this, religion was establish and religious groups were formed. The first major religious group that immigrated to America were the Roman Catholics. People who had settled in colonies of Portugal and and Spain were required to follow the beliefs of Roman Catholicism. Yes, America, or as immigrants during Columbus’ time called it, “The New World”, has definitely changed since 1492, but one thing that has remained the same since then is the fact that America was and will always be a multicultural
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The Colombian Exchange was an extensive exchange between the eastern and western hemispheres as knows as the Old World and New World. The Columbian exchange greatly affects almost every society. In 1492, when Christopher Columbus came to America, he saw plants and animals he had never seen before so he took them back with him to Europe. When the Europeans explored the Americas, they were introduced to new plants, foods, and animals, as well as riches and land.
Columbus's expedition arrived October 12, 1492 to the Antilles. The December 5, 1492 Columbus reached the island of the Spanish, now divided into two countries, Haiti and Dominican Republic, and established the first European settlement in the New World. Later on several trips, the Spanish were exploring and establishing small colonies, first in the archipelago of the Antilles, then in the mainland, ie the Americas. The conquests shape Spanish influence in Europe in different way. The gold and silver that was brought to Spain from the New World, was going no where because Spain was not getting any richer.
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.
You know how the rest of that story goes, or so you think. Christopher Columbus is not the man who he is reputation says he is. History is a painting that is constructed in the winner’s point of view. Columbus is viewed as the founder of the new world, but even that is far from the truth. First of all, numerous explorers and tribes such as the Vikings set foot on the other side of the Atlantic long before Columbus was even born.
Christopher Columbus is a famous Italian explorer who set sail in 1492. He and his crew eventually landed in the Americas otherwise known as the “New World”. The Europeans thought of him as a hero, some even describing him as god-like. Columbus’s main focus was money; he did anything he could to profit off of the New World. In order to take the most advantage of the newfoundland Columbus took slaves, farmed the land to depletion, exhausted natural resources and colonized the land.
Columbus, who was brave and admiring, had a different route to Asia led the journey west came upon the new yet to be explored American continents. According to Document E, it states, “His conquest of Atlantic the outer space of the fifteenth century - is as meaningful to the Americans of the space age as it was to our forefathers who pushed across the vast expenses of this continent.” This quote shows how Columbus’s conquest was an important milestone in the achievements of people of his time and even today. Despite his famous discovery, one of the main reason to set sail for this conquest was Columbus’s greed for riches and fame. In Document A, it states, “I was very attentive to them, and strove to learn if they had any gold.”
The accomplishments of Christopher Columbus should be celebrated because in spite of his faults, he was able to free the downtrodden Europeans, create a land of diversity, cultural acceptance and freedom, and by celebrating him, celebrate ethnic heritage and education. Columbus was “a noble-minded visionary who opened up new land of opportunity for the oppressed masses of Europe,” (M. Castronovo Fusco 1) giving way to a great new nation that upheld diversity and independence. Even though Columbus and his voyages had horrible flaws, “the symbolism of Christopher Columbus was that of a voyage of freedom. It really was the start of globalization of our world” (M. Castronovo Fusco 1). Without Columbus, the Old World and New World would not have connected and important technology and agricultural trade and tips would not have been exchanged.
Panicked,European empires,like Spain and Portugal started financing trips,specifically to India where they had the largest diversity of food,animals and spices known at that time. Once a certain fellow named Christopher Columbus found Hispaniola (modern day Cuba),every European empire reaped the monumental economic benefits that was provided by the Columbian Exchange. The Columbian Exchange promoted trade,specifically the trade of agricultural commodities. It integrated many parts of the world,supplying items to nations that needed goods,and sold items on the marketplace when there was a strong demand.
The Voyage of Columbus changed a lot of things in the world. It caused conflict between Spain and Portugal, because they wanted to add land to their empire. Then it didn’t cause very many conflicts, Europe and the Americas had began a new era of interaction. The Voyage of Columbus
The Columbian Exchange, following Columbus’s voyage to the Americas in 1492, led to many varieties of changes for people of the Old and New Worlds. There were also continuities that remained for the Old World after 1492. The changes were mostly associated with demographics of both the hemispheres and new trade opportunities and needs. Whereas the continuities were more related to power, religion, and certain economic aspects in the Old World.
People from all over the world came to the US for many reasons, and with them came their culture. The US is considered today as a place where, for the most part, all people and cultures are accepted. This can all be traced back to the immigrants that came to the US in the late 1800s. These people brought their customs and traditions to the US and allowed the people to really experience how other people around the world live. Foods, religions, governments, and ideals are just some of the many thing immigrants brought to the US that overall made the US a much more complex country.
Christopher Columbus is portrayed as a hero in most discussions regarding him but in actuality he is a villain because of how changed the economic, religious, and social aspects of life in the New World with mass genocide of the native people, destruction of the native peoples’ homes, and the exploitation of the natives. With the arrival of Columbus in the New World came new economic opportunities for Columbus. Columbus exploited the curious natives by trading anything they chose for the resources of the Native Americans. Columbus was in search of gold in the New World and noticed that the natives indeed had it in their culture and wore it as simple jewelry.
According to Loewen, few textbooks explained how Columbus was involved in the slavery and the exploitation of Indians. Another error that we have learned in schools about Columbus is that he was the first person to “discover” America. However, this is an error because people from other continents had already reached America before 1492. In fact, we forget
Before the Spanish ship that changed it all, which arrived in the “New World” in 1492, thriving organized communities of native people had centuries of history on the land. That ship, skippered by Christopher Columbus, altered the course of both Native American and European history. 1492 sparked the fire of cultural diffusion in the New World which profoundly impacted the Native American peoples and the European settlers. Prior to European contact, Native Americans lived as hunter-gatherers, living and traveling in groups of typically less than 300 people. These Native Americans spoke over 400 languages and practiced a myriad of different religions (The American Pageant).
Columbus changed the world because he introduced the Europeans to America. He also was one of the reasons that the United States, Mexico and Canada were founded. He started a new surge in exploration and inspired many people to go out on their own adventures and expeditions. Once people realized that the world was not flat they went out to explore places that had never been explored before.