Certain holidays in the United States of America provide the opportunity for hardworking women and men to reflect on past achievements of others and celebrate accordingly. Christopher Columbus Day has been deemed a contentious holiday in recent years. Some believe that he should not be acknowledged with a national celebration, while others find it despicable not to recognize him for his past successes. This paper will argue that Christopher Columbus Day should remain a national holiday because he demonstrated extreme bravery and courage, made important steps in advancing society, and exposed indigenous people to a new culture. Columbus showed tremendous courage when venturing to the new world.
Eventually he was able to sail. He changed history by never giving up. If he had given up, we would not have everything that we have today, and people would not know about the new land until years or months after he found the land. In conclusion, I think that Christopher columbus is a hero. Some of the reasons that I think that are because he found new land that people could move to and live on, was a good navigator and he knew exactly where to go, and the final reason is because he never gave up on what he wanted to do.
Columbus’s conquest gave rise to years of exploration and exploitation in the Americas. The results of his explorations were unfortunate for the original population of the regions he and his conquistadors subjugated. Europeans persisted in seizing natural resources from these territories. Disease brought by the Europeans diminished the population of natives. The Americas were eternally transformed and the once rich cultures of the Native American people were altered and forgotten, hindering the world from completely understanding even their existence.
Instead it shows Columbus as this great man who is bringing these modern ideas (raising of the cross) to these very savage people, which is seen by the Natives dancing around naked. However in reality Columbus stumbled upon this land and forced his gold strive mind upon the natives. This meant taking them captive and killing them all to get some profit. Other parts of the picture that stand out and show how the Europeans are superior to the Natives is the clothes worn by both sides. The Europeans are dressed in very fancy and expensive cloths, which shows their wealth and their superiority.
The voyage was tiring and tedious but the gold, hope, and discovering new people is what kept us going. The captain handed out $1000 to whoever spotted the land first. Our Helmsman spotted it first so he was awarded the gold. The natives we met traded a necklace with a gold nugget hanging from it. Their king was said to have an enormous amount of gold.
There are many myths when it comes to the voyages made by “explorer” Christopher Columbus. Some suggest that Columbus discovered America, discredited the flat Earth theory, and most people believe that Christopher Columbus was a great and valiant leader. These myths are falsified events embedded in the nationalism of America. Over many years, Americans have believed in these built up assumptions, even after they have been proven incorrect by many credited historians. In America, history classrooms still continue to enforce the idea that "Columbus discovered America."
When the Europeans came over, they brought diseases and wars which caused the Native American populations have a sharp decline. This happened because the diseases were killing off millions of Natives while wars between the Native Americans and Europeans cause more Natives to be killed because the weapons that the Europeans had were more advanced than the Native American weapons. This allowed for Europeans to come to the Americas and colonize without much issue because of the lack of Native Americans that were trying to stop
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.”(document 3)
Is Christopher Columbus Worth Honoring The world has glorified many historical people especially early explorers. One such explorer is Christopher Columbus. Historians have discovered that perhaps Columbus Was given honor prematurely. 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”.
Today he is seen as a controversial figure not because of that mistake, but because of the largely negative actions he took when he reached the Americas. His treatment of the natives and brutal tactics he used have rather recently began to loom over his accomplishments in the history books. It does however remain undeniable that he did allow Europeans to become aware of the presence of the Americas. That one voyage inspired the immigration of countless people of a variety of different backgrounds to North, South, and Central America. Consequently, an extreme exchange of agriculture, medicines, goods, religions, ideas, and unfortunately diseases occurred, which produced negative and positive effects on the land.