The rhyme “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” is a phrase well known by most students in America, often first hearing it in elementary school; however, many may mistake this date for when Christopher Columbus found the United States when in reality, it was when he discovered the places now known as the Bahamas, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and more, first. Another misconception about Columbus and his voyages is that the regions he found had no previous individuals living there, however, there would have been millions of natives occupying the areas the Spaniards claimed to have “discovered”. As time progressed, more land was found which led to more natives being taken advantage of due to the resources that were discovered in what is modern day Mexico. …show more content…
To begin, the Spaniards who were invading these areas belonging to the natives used many (often harmful) methods in order to get what they wanted; in this case, the land and everything that went with it. And while the Spaniards were aware of their task at the beginning of their journey, the natives in most cases were clueless and had no way of knowing that these invaders were going to harm them. In fact, they believed them to be gods and attempted to befriend them because of it. For example, when Hernán Cortés, a Spanish governor, ventured to the new land Columbus had …show more content…
With the Spaniards venturing to the Americas during their conquest, they unintentionally brought diseases along with them. While this could have been little to no issue, it turned into a massive killer for the natives due to them not having the tolerance against them like the Spaniards did. The “...epidemic of smallpox..” took cities by storm and caused deaths that could easily have been avoided (The Broken Spears, 92). This “... terrible plague that… spread throughout the city” weakened the natives to the point where “...no one could walk or move”, leaving them helpless and unable to take care of themselves (The Broken Spears, 91-93). This tragedy may not have been directly the fault of the Spaniards, considering spreading a disease was more than likely not their top priority, however, it is something that caused the natives great deals of pain and suffering over the course of the Spaniards’ conquest and demonstrated how little the Spaniards cared about the Native Americans and their
Christopher Columbus is not worthy of a recognition of a national holiday. Columbus is not worthy of a national holiday because he threatened and killed people. For example he claimed the indians land as his own. Also he murdered the indians and forced them into hard labor. Also to test how sharp his swords were he cut pieces of of the indians.
Christopher Columbus is not worthy of a recognition of a national holiday. Columbus is not worthy of a national holiday because he threatened and killed the Indians. For example, he claimed the Indians land as his own. Also he murdered the Indians and forced them into hard labor. Also to test how sharp his swords were he cut pieces off the Indians.
What is the big controversy of Christopher Columbus? The big controversy for Columbus is the interactions with the indigenous people where he named them indians. And he also shared the Christianity religion on these people, and new disease. Should we still celebrate Christopher Columbus day? Yes, we should still honor his discover to our wonderful home.
Prompt #3 Columbus sparked a movement of genocide and prejudice that lasted 500+ years. Before Columbus came, the America’s were a wonderland of diversity, culture and advanced technologies that would frustrate many, if you detailed their complexity. This is because many have learned about indians as barbaric, inferior beings, with a simple way of life. In the Margoline excerpts that we read, they stated “As one example of California’s extraordinary diversity, consider the matter of boats.
When Christopher Columbus finally saw land, he believed he was near the Indies. Therefore, when Christopher Columbus saw the people, he called them “Indios”. Christopher Columbus had goals, and he would do anything to achieve them. Christopher Columbus was ambitious for richies and wanted to spread Christianity. As a result, Christopher Columbus first question to the native people was is they had any gold.
Throughout the histories, obeyed without spontaneous to the wrong order and made the irretrievable mistakes happened so many times. When Christopher Columbus discovered the America, who also noticed where hidden enormous wealth, where the natives were friendly and peaceful. Columbus was so impressed with the hard work of these natives, but which didn’t wipe out his monster desires of get endless wealth and power. Columbus used natives’ naive and weaponless, who brought more and more soldiers to this new priceless land and gave the instructions of plunder. Not even this, Columbus instigated soldiers to took everything from natives, and enslaved, forced them to work for Spain.
As the years have gone by, more information regarding the voyages of Christopher Columbus have become more known to man. Things such as genocide, rape, and torture have begun to the question the celebrations of Christopher Columbus. University of Georgia geographer, Louis De Vorsey states how rapid Columbus changed the world. De Vorsey observed how Columbus’s voyages began a progression for conquistadors that led to the decline and eventual termination of the Aztec and Inca civilizations. To add on, Latin American historian, Dauril Alden of the University of Washington reasoned that the Europeans had no intentions of hurting the native people, and that their deaths were inconvenient.
When Christopher Columbus set out in 1492 to make his great discovery, I do not think he felt his reputation would ever be called into question, after all, he was settle out with the blessing of the Spanish monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella. I think that he felt his intentions were true and he was determined to be just in his acquisition of the New World. All in all, I believe Christopher Columbus to be neither all good nor all bad because I think him to be both. When Columbus came upon the new found land he sent word back of its vast beauty and fertility. In one instance he wrote, “in it are marvelous pine groves, and there are very large tracts of cultivatable lands, and there is honey, and there are birds of many kinds and fruits in great diversity.
We all spend days staring out our window, dreaming of what it would be like to just explore the world. For some it’s just a dream, and for other ’s it’s a reality. If you are an explorer, then your second dream is to be remembered for something you discovered. The first man that comes to most minds when they think of this may be Christopher Columbus.
As a child learns US history, they will undoubtedly hear the rhyme of Christopher Colombus, "In 1492, he sailed the ocean blue. " This little jingle will nurse them to maintain an adequate memory of the man who supposedly “founded America.” It has long been a tradition in American history to exalt Christopher Columbus as a heroic figure. There are more than 6,000 towns and cities in the US named after Columbus, and as of 2021, there were 149 public monuments to him in the US according to the non-profit organization, Monument Lab. A man who is so heavily praised in America must have done exemplary things, right?
Jamey, I like the way you laid out your paper this week. I was astonished that Columbus and the Spaniards perpetrated such cruelty. I do not remember reading or hearing anything about that side of history in any of my classes/courses up to this one. I did not some other research and found slavery has been common in the world long before the United States was formed. The slaves seem to have been obtained like Columbus obtained his slaves.
Personally i hold the perspective that Americans ought to celebrate Columbus Day in memory of the inevitable and crucia effects the Voyager Columbus had brought forth in the perspective of world history and geography. Admittedly, i cannot deny the negative side of travel from the Columbus founding the new land. But in my aopinion the advantages far weights the disadvantages. All of us may as well see teverything thoroughly and objectively .Just as the old saying goes "every coin has two sides."
It is estimated that approximately 95% of pre-Columbus Native Americans were killed by European diseases. Since the outbreak of the diseases spread because of the European colonization, it made conquering the Americas much easier. Health was definitely the most detrimental obstacle that the Native Americans had to face as a result of the European
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”.