What is Christopher Columbus day? Christopher Columbus day is when people of America celebrate the day Columbus discovered America in 1492 every October and call him a hero. Many historians have honored him and called him a hero as they learned more. (“Columbus Controversy”). However, what society does not know is what he had done to the Natives and their culture.
To many people it is a strong belief the Lewis and Clark expedition was a threat against the american indians and wildlife and caused the start of their removal, but I believe that what happened to the american indians had to happen in order to expand our country. The Lewis and Clark expedition explored the Louisiana purchase bought from the French in 1803 after the French failed their dream of a new empire. Current president Thomas Jefferson was asked by the French to buy a considerable amount of land for a very cheap price when the french had entered a rough patch of financial issues. The land was bought by Thomas Jefferson who had no idea what or really even who was living there besides the american indians. Thomas Jefferson decided to send explorers
“Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress”, chapter one of “A People’s History of the United States”, written by professor and historian Howard Zinn, concentrates on a different perspective of major events in American history. It begins with the native Bahamian tribe of Arawaks welcoming the Spanish to their shores with gifts and kindness, only then for the reader to be disturbed by a log from Columbus himself – “They willingly traded everything they owned… They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” (Zinn pg.1) In the work, Zinn continues explaining the unnecessary evils Columbus and his men committed unto the unsuspecting natives.
Growing up in America, every child in school is taught about Christopher Columbus, the man who discovered America. They learn how this great Italian explorer who was in search for a faster, but while looking for this new trade route, he in turn “discovered” a new land. However, the story of Christopher Columbus is not this simple and most of the true story is left out of the schools because it puts the supposed discover of America in a bad light. Nevertheless, that does not mean the true history of Columbus’s discovery of America should be forgotten or avoided because it sheds a light on the interactions between the Europeans and the true discovers or inhabitants of this new land. Although at the time there were no cameras to document what
In the article by Howard Zinn, "Columbus, the Indian, and Human progress" hidden and real information about Columbus ' exploration of Americas was revealed. All the history textbooks we used in school present Columbus as a great hero, but this article has revealed and exposed the real intentions of Columbus’s Voyage. After reading this article, the very first thing that got my attention is; Columbus wanted gold and wealth, and not exploring or getting information about the new world. The information Columbus wanted most when he reached the Indies, was how to gain access to the gold. Secondly, I was surprised when I found out that, Rodrigo was the first person that discovered the island in the Bahamas.
Christopher Columbus’ exploration started it all. Initially, Columbus wanted to travel a new route to the Indies. Instead of sailing around Africa, he wanted to travel across the Atlantic Ocean to China and India. He convinced Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, rulers of Spain to fund his journey. Ultimately he was to find a sailing route and gold.
England was the last of the large European empires to begin their exploration of the New World. Their desire to discover new land spawned from their need for raw goods that was currently threatening to throw their economy out of balance, their victory in the Anglo-Spanish War which gave them the courage to challenge Spain, their need to find unsettled land for their younger population and their want to spread Protestantism (Schultz, 32). English settlement of North America began in 1585 with Sir Walter Raleigh and his settlement of Roanoke. Roanoke did not succeed as a settlement but Raleigh learned that Spain’s conquistador model of quick riches was not a correct model for English success. In order to succeed, England would have to setup settlements based on a model of plantations and agriculture.
Paul Revere was a Bostonian silversmith, an industrialist and a patriot in the American Revolution. He is a notable example of an ordinary man who became politically involved and risked everything to save his world. Revere contributed the famous depiction of the Boston “Bloody” Massacre, he aided in the Boston Tea Party, and finally led the Midnight Ride to warn the Patriots that the Red Coats were coming. While we’ve learned quite a bit of history pertaining to Mr. Revere, we have also noted that some of his major contributions may have been fabricated a little bit. (NEEDS MORE UMPH)
Hernan Cortes significantly contributed to the Renaissance by giving Spain money/ spreading Spanish culture and power, and encouraging exploration. Cortes earned Spain money by conquering Central and South America. It was cruel and horrible for the people living in the area, but it gave artisans (craftsperson), merchants, and artists who supplied Spain with goods. Another achievement Cortes is credited with is, spreading the rule of Spain; he conquered the Aztecs (if he hadn’t they may still be in our society and our history would be completely different.), Cortes also built New Mexico in the New World. He also took riches from Natives in South and North America.
Columbus goes on to state that he, “took some of the natives by force, in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts” (DWC 10.3 (“Christopher Columbus”). Columbus clearly states that he captured natives to get from them information as to where he could go that would be of benefit to him. Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand sent Columbus on this mission and the missions following his first to conquer. Land is power and unfortunately the native people had to suffer and die, because of the desire for power. When the Spanish landed in a new place they intended to exploit resources and make slaves so that they would have a bigger
I could see how some people might still get upset over celebrating the holiday. According to our textbook, Columbus was convinced he was “an agent of God’s divine plan”. He also left about forty men on Hispaniola and captured a dozen Indians to present as gifts to the Spanish King and Queen. President Benjamin Harrison first declared Columbus Day a national holiday in 1892, four hundred years after the first voyage.
Howard Zinn uses historical writings to explain an imbalance in objectivity, perspective, and justice. History books are written by the victors not the vanquished which makes the perspective of the story teller biased. As the story of Christopher Columbus he has been hailed as a hero especially in public schools and recognized as an historical occasion to have a day off granted by the government. Many as we grow more educational find out this sinister legacy that was swept under the carpet because there is evidence that supports while in the “new world” he destroyed the native peoples of islands he explored and it devastated native populations. There is no justice being done when the perspective does not reveal a whole truth when the objective
Presidential campaigns are full of wild stories about each and every candidate. The news appeals to their political preferences, publishing any story that will help their favored candidate win the election. Although this often sheds some light on who the men and women running for office really are it is also the root of a lot of false rumors that are made and perpetuated about a specific candidate by the opposing party. In what I’ve read thus far in Stanley Weintraub’s novel Final Victory, one of the most interesting incidents has been when Roosevelt was accused of sending a destroyer battleship thousands of miles to go retrieve his lost dog.
During the age of discovery there roamed many great explorers from England, Spain, Portugal, France, and many other significant countries to this time period. Without theses courageous men, America might not have been what it is today. Individuals praise explorers for discovering and making the New World what it is today, but many overlook the bad that had been done. The worst things that have been done in history are enforcing religion on innocent Native Americans , spreading various diseases to the indigenous people of the Americas along with other Europeans, and using American goods to expand trade, which had later lead to the start of the slave trade in many prospering countries striving for wealth. However, without these tragic events history would be completely different and the Americas would not be as we know them today