Columbus Day: The Cruelty Of Christopher Columbus Day?

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Columbus’ Cruelty

Zach Dubinsky
Freshman Seminar
Mr. Kean
Columbus Paper
Christopher was and always will be a controversial figure on what he did and discovered. He did discover new land, but he did not get where he wanted to go. He always loved to and had a passion to sail. Starting from his first voyage he took his ownership and power way too far. I do not believe that Columbus Day should be celebrated because it honors slavery.
In 1451, Christopher Columbus was born. He was born in a city called Genoa, which is now in present day Italy. Columbus’ father was a wool weaver, wool merchant, tavern keeper, and a political appointee. When he was growing up he was very limited with his education, but he still read a ton of books when he finished childhood. Columbus always had a passion for sailing for sailing even at a young age, he was always wondering about the world. During the 1490’s there was a lot going on at this time such as
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Columbus was not the first to discover America, Native Americans discovered America about 14,000 years before Columbus was even born. Second, when Columbus discovered the Bahamas, he found that the people living there were friendly and peaceful, these people were called the Lucayans, Taínos and Arawaks. They even helped save a ship and its cargo after a storm. So of course from this Columbus was so “impressed” with their work, he seized the land for Spain, and then enslaved the islanders. He made them work in his brutal gold mines. With that two years after this took place half of the original natives from the island were dead. Also, Columbus was a part of sexual slavery at this time. Girls at the ages of 9 and ten were wanted by their men. Columbus used his powers any way that he could, and on of the things he used it for was

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