Why Did Christopher Columbus Discovered America?

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We all learned at school that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. Columbus takes a glorious position in America history; we’ve named places after him, made countless movies and books of him, and even have statues of him. But there’s a slight problem here: Columbus did not actually discover America. That’s right. He never set foot in North America. What's more, he insisted until the day he died that he had found his way to Asia (his original destination), not found a place unknown to Europeans. That's just one issue with the story of America's origins. In 1492, Christopher Columbus departed from Spain, intending to a shorter route to Asia, legendary for their precious spices and gold. Instead, he would disembark in the Bahamas, and breathe his last breath oblivious of his mistake. Growing up among merchants that traded throughout…show more content…
Weapons they have none, nor are acquainted with them, for I showed them swords which they grasped by the blades, and cut themselves through ignorance. They have no iron, their javelins being without it, and nothing more than sticks, though some have fish-bones or other things at the ends." He clearly found his race superior to that of the Natives, saying "they are without warlike instincts; they all go naked, and are so timid that a thousand would not stand before three of our men…they should be taught to go about clothed and to adopt our customs." Columbus was able to trade with them, saying he "presented them with some red caps, and strings of beads to wear upon the neck, and many other trifles of small value, wherewith they were much delighted, and became wonderfully attached to us. Afterwards they came swimming to the boats, bringing parrots, balls of cotton thread, javelins, and many other things which they exchanged for articles we gave them, such as glass beads, and hawk's bells; which trade was carried on with the utmost good
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