Christopher Clombus Is Not A Hero

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"In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue." That's the one date everyone remembers, the date in virtually every school child's history textbook. But, they leave out pretty much everything about Columbus and his exploration of the New World. It's the part many people have yet to learn about. For years, Columbus has been presented to us as a hero. In 1934, President Roosevelt even gave Columbus his own holiday. To this day, we celebrate his "discovery" of America. What is found in history textbooks now, have seemed to show another side of Christopher Columbus, a side that they wouldn't dare teach in elementary school. It's the rest of Columbus' tale of "discovery". This paper will show you that Christopher Columbus didn't technically "discover" America and that his actions were much louder than the words we read about in school.

Third grade seems like such a long time ago, yet I remember the Christopher Columbus story like it was nothing. It started out with a boy named Christopher Columbus; he was born and raised in Genoa, Italy. He grew up wanting to be an explorer. He also grew up believing the earth was round, yet no one believed him, so the great explorer intended to prove it. He was going to find a westward route to India. To go on this exploration, he needed ships and men and the only one who was willing to provide him with this was Queen Isabella of Spain. She provided Columbus with three ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. He set sail in 1492 and after about two months they had reached land. Columbus believed he had reached India. He had no idea he had encountered another part of the world. He actually ended up in the West Indies, the island we today call Haiti. Because he ...

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...0 people. When Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, he would leave his brother, Bartholomew in charge. In 1496 while in charge, Bartholomew took a count of approximately how my Indians there were. There remained only about 3,000,000. Yet, by 1516 only around 12,000 Indians remained. By 1542 fewer than 200 were alive and by 1555, they were gone.

In 1493, Columbus stole all he could see ( Loewen 38). Bet you won't see that in a child's textbook any time soon. Columbus, did stumble upon a new land. He did discover a new people and culture. Should we call him a hero for this although he destroyed the land and abused the people? This is a very debatable issue that will go on for years, but according to Christopher Columbus' journal and many other reliable sources these happenings did take place, nevertheless we'll continue to celebrate his controversial life.

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