Why Is Christopher Columbus A Victim?

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Aishah Al Tarmoum 0013962
American Lit. 1, 1:00 PM

Christopher Columbus: An Explorer or a Victim?
We all have plans and dreams for our futures that we cherish and nurture. We often hold these plans close to our hearts, an interior blueprint we can refer back to and attempt to build our lives. We eventually learn through the years that we don’t always get our way. What we want is not always handed to us regardless of how hard we fight for it or how much we want it. It seems to be the case with Christopher Columbus, an explorer who had been exploited by a higher power in the race of colonization.
Columbus was an Italian explorer born in 1451 in Genoa. After developing a plan to find an easier and new way to Asia, in 1485, Columbus presented
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A friendly group, they willingly traded jewelry, animals, and supplies with the sailors. “They were very well built, with very handsome bodies and very good faces,” Columbus wrote in his letter to the king and queen of Spain. “They do not carry arms or know them.... They should be good servants.” The natives were soon forced into slavery and punished with the loss of a limb or death if they did not collect enough gold. Between the European’s brutal treatment and their infectious diseases, within decades, the Taino population was decimated.
When Columbus first met the natives, he was surprised by their personal hygiene and way of living. He wanted to know more about them and observe them, which proved that he had an explorer’s curiosity. Although he went there as an explorer, he never had the chance to have an experience of an actual explorer because he was busy pleasing the Spanish empire, hoping that he would have a high position when coming back from his voyages. Even though he risked his life several times for the glory of the Spanish empire, he was only used as an economic development for the Spanish
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Those deaths are sometimes labeled "genocide," however, David M. Traboulay states in his book Columbus and Las Casas: The Conquest and Christianization of America that it's doubtful Columbus or any other European deliberately used disease as a weapon against the Indians in the early 1500's. They simply did not have the necessary knowledge to do so. It was not until the mid-1700's that scientists began to understand the nature of immunity. After that, the British did consider using disease as a weapon against Indians, but 250 years earlier, in Columbus's time, Europeans could not possibly have anticipated the Indians' complete lack of immunological defenses against diseases such as smallpox and measles.
Moreover, Indians were certainly enslaved by Europeans, probably including Columbus. But according to Indian Slavery in the Americas by Alan Gallay, "slavery was a ubiquitous institution in the early modern world. Africans, Asians, Europeans, and Native Americans kept slaves before and after Columbus reached America." Thus, while slavery is always a heinous crime, it was hardly unique to the Spanish side in Columbus's time. Indeed, had the Indians been able to gain the upper hand, Columbus might well have suffered the same fate at Indian

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