In 1433, the Chinese purposely and unexpectedly ended their maritime expeditions that had put them in the spotlight for the past few years. Before the expeditions were stopped, they were taking place on the Indian Ocean where Zheng He, the captain, had established their territory. During this same time Europe was trying to build and empire through their voyages, however their ships were small and much less forceful. The Chinese ending their expeditions worked out well for Europe because the Indian Ocean was clear and their Portuguese ships could finally make it onto the Pacific. One can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened if the Chinese didn’t leave the seas.
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.
When the Natives took them to where the gold was, there was very little and the Europeans did not like this. They resorted to violent methods and tried to make the Natives take them to the real gold thinking that they were just hiding it from them. One reason as to why the Europeans began their exploration of the Americas was that they wanted to find a new trade route to Asia. Columbus believed that if he sailed west, he could reach Asia faster than traveling on land or going around Africa. Asia had the spices
Christopher Columbus “Tomorrow morning before we depart, I intend to land and see what can be found in the neighborhood.” - Christopher Columbus (Columbus) Christopher Columbus’s journey, luck or success? America might not exist or be called what it is today without Columbus’s exploration. In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean in search for Asia and instead discovered America. Christopher Columbus made a great change in history because he found the “New World” which later became known as the Americas. Christopher Columbus started his career as a mariner in the Portuguese merchant fleet.
When Columbus decided to go out there and explore the world and sail west until he reaches the Indies, he led three ships which were known as the Pinta, the Nina and the Santa Maria out of the port of Palos Spain. He stopped at the Canary Islands and this was due to the lack of wind so the expedition was stopped at the time. What had helped him to sail easily to the Americas was a calm sea and wind that would lead him there (he was lucky). But the trip has taken more time than anticipated and his crew started to be concerned, so what he did was that he had two sets of logs one of them showed the real distance that was traveled by the three ships and one log that had a less distance traveled. The log with the true distance traveled was kept
He was selfish, everyone else lacked spirit. He embodies selfishness throughout the book; Roark even explains to Gail Wynand that his motive is his own achievement. Near the end of the book Roark goes on trial where he praises selfishness and denounces altruism. He explained that a human’s natural instinct is to be selfish; he uses as an example of a complete egotist the creator. A creator stands alone way ahead of his time, against men; he who has never wanted to serve others whose only motive is his truth, his work done his way, his own achievement.
Consequently, implications arising from the Bernie Madoffs unethical behavior includes a variety of factors; including his abuse of both privilege and power as it is quite evident that Bernie Madoff by no mean demonstrated compassion and, his lack of controlling his impulses for monetary gain resulting in him losing the trust and confidence of the public, communities, corporations and political
Fletcher Christian, the rebel says,” He doesn 't punish for discipline, he likes to see men crawl.” What he means is that Captain Bligh goes far beyond just discipline when it comes to punishment, he hurts people for the fun of it because he is a sick man. After all the textual evidence shown, Captain Bligh shows that he is a horrible Captain and human being, and that the crew was more than justified to mutiny the Bounty. Using inhumane and cruel ways of discipline, Captain Bligh shows people that at something doesn 't mean you are a good person. What this tells us is that Captain Bligh, even though an influential sailer, has such a mad temper, that he made people mutiny and get hung for trying to deal with such a horrible human being. In the end, Fletcher Christian and his followers were completely justified to take over the bounty when Bligh was the
This drive and fear that fuels Batty is completely justifiable when you consider the conditions in which he was created. Batty is the product of greed in a society that has disregarded all consequences and ignored the destruction that results from their ‘progression’. Batty and the other replicants are like humans in their desire for a longer life, however they are not human in the modern sense of
His view on human nature is pessimistic and cynical. All humans are born with a dark, savage side that society and civilization pushed down, and the only way to resist this evil side is to confront yourself. Everyone has a savage side to them, but some people give in to this side easier than others. In the novel there is the protagonist Ralph and the antagonist, Jack. On pages 48 and 49, the chapter opens to Jack attempting to be a hunter.
What do we know about Christopher Columbus? Well, in 1492 “he sailed the ocean blue”. Columbus set sail to find a western trade route to Asia for Spain, and spread Christianity. This seems like a satisfactory thing to do. However, some of the acts he committed afterwards I do not agree with.
He takes anecdotes and the what-ifs of history and turns them into theories. He has no qualifications and he cannot even speak Mandarin. It is also important to note that Zheng He was tasked with trading among routes explicitly known to Chinese sailors at that time. The Chinese would have no reason to sail thousands of miles to see if they could find anything. Many Historians do not doubt that Zheng He “could’ve” discovered America first.
On the trip the Americans feared that they might be attacked by Spaniards while passing the West Indies, but thankfully none were found. The ship reached Florida in splendid condition. Meanwhile, at Santiago Harbor the Americans were trying to get in but could not because Santiago Harbor has a narrow entrance and the channel was filled with Spanish ships. So Lieutenant Hobson was ordered to take his ship the Merrimac and sink it to block the entrance. But he timed the sinking at the wrong time and was captured by Spanish fleet instead.