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...hat Columbus did not discover America but rather confiscated this new land from natives already living there. The planting of the royal banner of Aragon and Castille signifies Columbus claiming the land for the Spanish people. Events that were occurring during the painting of the Landing of Christopher Columbus include westward expansion and political conflicts. The defeat of Mexico by America increased the size of the nation and the issue of slavery was still prevalent in America. Columbus is looking upward as if to thank God for a safe journey. The painting successfully depicts the events that may have been occurring during the time Columbus landed in San Salvador. The dark clouds are, perhaps, symbolic of the conflict that prevailed so that Columbus could claim the new land. The planting of his flag symbolizes that Columbus was successful in his conquest.
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