Do you trust your history book to tell you everything? Maybe you shouldn’t just rely on one source. Some textbooks only skim the surface. One instance of this would be the story of Christopher Columbus. Recent evidence shows that Columbus abused his power and quite possibly should not be celebrated.
Dakota Black 9/1/17 Mrs. Eakin Point of View on Christopher Columbus When talking about history, almost everyone will agree that Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas in 1492, but much fewer people can agree on the kind of person he was. Some say that Christopher Columbus and other explorers were ruthless killers who organized the slaughter of millions of Native Americans, while others people believe that they were brave heroes who started colonizing the New World. Two articles that clearly show these two differing points of view are “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn, which expresses that the explorers were greedy and cruel, and “A Patriot’s History of the United States” by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen, a passage that shows that the explorers helped progress.
The Age of Exploration lasted from the end of the 16th century to the 18th century. Technological advantages like the astrolabe, magnetic compass, and the caravel allowed many sailors like Christopher Columbus, to sail for longer distances in a more facilitated way. The Spaniards, as well as Columbus, had greedy actions towards the found gold and used religion to justify the cruelty they showed towards the Natives. Explain complexity of issue Columbus was a great sailor and explored, indeed.
Who is Christopher Columbus? Some say he’s a hero, others say he’s a villain. Teachers tell their students that he sailed the ocean blue in 1492, and discovered the New World, but he lingers in history as a question mark and a mystery. He may have exposed the New World to the Old World, but many of his actions were unacceptable. Christopher Columbus was a villain who brought devastation and slaughter to the native population.
Heros’ come in many shapes and forms. Tall, short, small, big, anyone can be a hero, they just have to put in the effort. Though anyone can be a good hero, a great hero is somebody who inspires others, makes a difference, and is selfless. First and foremost, a great hero must be someone who inspires others. Ida B. Wells is an example of a true hero.
Columbus Revisited- Hero or Zero? Columbus Day is observed all over America on October 12th every year, celebrating Christopher Columbus and his discoveries, most notably that of America. But is Columbus actually a hero? To many, he caused lots of problems, and the cost was higher than the gain. Columbus is a zero, not a hero.
Christopher Columbus is a villain because he emerged an economic system in which Africans were used as slaves, forced Christianity on the Natives of North America and treated the Native Americans very cruelly. Columbus’s discovery of the New World convulsed Europe, Africa, North America and South America. The economic system that had emerged was called the Columbian Exchange and involved Europe, Africa, North America and South America. In this economic system Europe provided the markets, capital and technology; Africa provided the slave labor and the New World provided the its raw materials. Columbus traded goods from the New to Africa in exchange for slaves and the Africans unwillingly became slaves to work on the plantations of the New World.
Have you ever thought about the origins of our holidays? Columbus day in particular has recently been controversial. Maybe the textbook version isn’t the same as the truth. The truth about Christopher Columbus provides evidence that Columbus day should be abolished. First off, he didn’t even care about any of the Native Americans.
Going into depth with the article I feel as if the whole topic of Columbus should be taught a different way. Leaning this year about what Columbus actual and all of the terrible things he did to the Natives gave me a false sense of the reality of what I learned in elementary school. Even though the thought of teaching little kids of the horrific murders is not correct there should be more awareness. Christopher Columbus should be taught as a man that causes terror but helped in bringing realization to England. The less harsh way of what Columbus did should be taught.
The United States admires Christopher Columbus for the things people think he did, but his “accomplishments” and “discoveries” may have been false. Columbus day should not be celebrated because he didn’t do the things he said he did, he did terrible things, and he caused problems to happen. Christopher Columbus didn’t do the things he said he did like discovering America, having knowledge, and he never actually meant to find the Americas. Columbus did terrible things such as encouraging men to rape girls, having harsh punishments for people with minor offenses, and he lead hunting dogs to tear the Indians apart. He caused many problems like death, slavery, and destroying culture.
Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy in 1451. Columbus was a great navigator and he wanted fame, he was determined to find India by heading west on a water route. He did not successfully reach India but he accidentally ended up discovering a “New World”. During the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century, Columbus’s discovery of America offered abundant resources and significantly influenced European’s view of Native Americans.
Multiculturalism is inevitable because it is surrounds us all whether we like it or not. But unfortunately history and education are not inclusive of all narratives, which leads to a focus on a dominant culture. Multiculturalism to me is not just a concept; it is a very important term for which history teachers and historians need to integrate into their lectures. I as a student have been told about all the accomplishments certain heroes have done throughout their life but I have never been told about all the values, behaviors and cultures one needs to know about.
This article talks about the expedition of Christopher Columbus. The author talks about the goal and how did Christopher plan for this journey. He had to persuade the King and Queen of Spain to finance the expedition. His goal was to travel to Asia in search for gold and spices. However he ended up finding an unknown land (America) that were inhabit by the Native Americans.