Columbus Day is celebrated in recognition of Columbus “discovering” America in 1492. Many consider him a hero for that one reason but don’t acknowledge what he did when he first reached America. I personally believe Columbus is not worthy of being called a hero for various reasons. One of the reasons is that Columbus killed millions of native Americans because of his lust for gold. The native Americans were kind and generous towards Columbus and his men, but he enslaved them and forced them to do his dirty work for him.
Goodbye Columbus: The Real Meaning Behind The Holiday Some see Christopher Columbus as an iconic explorer, who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to prove a simple point of a round Earth. Even more people see Columbus as the heartfelt founder of the New World. However, there are few that see Columbus as an invader, liar and murderer. This large genocide that took place, should not be celebrated as a prideful holiday, but more a mourning for the lives lost. Over 2,000 year ago, Eratosthenes, an Ancient Greek mathematician, calculated the circumference of the Earth.
I also see where the other side is coming from that if it wasn't for him we wouldn't be in america right now cause was the one who discovered america but then he shouldn't have treated natives the way he did.Columbus day should not be celebrated because he enslaved many native inhabitants and he sent them to spain and sold them. Columbus day should not be a holiday because columbus did a lot of cruel things.Him and his men enslaved native inhabitants many many were killed because columbus ordered a brutall
The main character, Pedro Páramo turned out to be the most immoral man in the novel. He had to lie, kill and bribe to earn his reputation of Comala’s cacique: he has been corrupted. Greed corrupted everyone, ranging from the most insignificant figures in the novel to the most influential. Damasio’s corruption had its roots in greed. Damasio, commonly known as, “El Tilcuate” was another one of Pedro’s many workers, and alike the others, he has been corrupted by greed.
Christopher Columbus was one of the greatest explorers known to man. Columbus had many different reasons for his explorations. Later, the main reason for his explorations was selfishness. Just like many other explorers before Columbus, he wanted land, he wanted power, and he also wanted gold. The reason for his very first voyage to what he thought was India, but later was found out to be Central America, was to get land for Spain.
What did he do that was so great that we all celebrate this 1 man? Many people, in today’s society, do not agree on the image of Christopher Columbus, or what this Holiday is portrayed to be. Some say he was a savage, and he should not be celebrated. People boycott the Holiday, and say he enslaved, killed, and tortured Native Americans for their lands and riches. Others believe he was a brave and honorable explorer, who set out on a voyage in search of A “New World”.
One of the biggest lies that is told to kids when learning social studies is about his discovery of the Americas. At an early age, we are taught to believe that Columbus discovered America in 1492, when in fact, the Tainos were already living there. Because there are many sides of the story, even traveling back in time and experiencing both sides will not give you the exact perspective as the individuals who were present during that time period. As we grow up we become more mature about the topic and are lectured about the true events that took place. We uncover the truth about his true objectives, his intentions, the crimes he and his men committed, and everyone’s contribution to the genocide and mistreatment of the Tainos.
Current historians do not have a specific answer to their disappearance but some say they were killed by the inhabitants of Hispaniola because of mistreatment. Although the second try for colonization was more of a success than the previous one. On the contrary, their attempt not only unlocked trade and expansion, but also death to the natives by the hands of the Europeans and ravish diseases. Diseases such as influenza, smallpox, measles and typhus that drastically reduced the indigenous population in the Caribbean within 50 years. And by the end of the sixteenth century, the population in the Americas that was once between 60-110 million was cut to a mere 6
European explorers forced Natives to accept a horrendous fate with little to no choice. Columbian exchange, triangular trade, and the French & Indian War are just a few terrible aspects of European explorations. Many of us know that without European exploration, we would not be living here today. However, we forget the other side of the picture. Yes, he discovered new trade-worthy items such as gold, silver, and spices.
Christopher Columbus is a man who is commonly depicted as a hero and great explorer who discovered our modern day America, but many of the so called “facts” are not all completely true as people would like to believe. Columbus was undoubtedly a courageous explorer who brought many new ideas, cultures, and resources to be exchanged between the New World and Europe. While this is true, it is not uncommon for people to forget the harmful effects brought along with the voyages made by Columbus and the darker details of his times in America. Columbus started from humble middle class family. Columbus was born in 1451 in the Republic of Genoa as the oldest of his four siblings.