The Purpose Of Columbus Day In The New World

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Columbus Exposed Even though some people claim that Columbus Day is for the purpose of Columbus founding the New World and not what he did to the people that live there. Columbus did much more than that, not only did he falsify documents to get what he wanted, but he also was responsible for the genocide of countless native people. Furthermore, how could Americans celebrate a man who was responsible for such despicable things? Every October in America, the death of seven and a half million people is marked with a "celebration," a day off of work, and quite possibly a parade. Reading about Columbus’s voyages to the New World brings a sense of agitation and sorrow. His naivety and flat out lies are frustrating as a whole. Columbus wrote of a…show more content…
The King and Queen were not convinced by the amount that he brought back with him. Besides, the doubts the King and Queen had they once again financed Columbus’s second voyage back to the New World. We need to remember that Columbus’s so-called "second voyage," albeit innocuous sounding language was in actuality an all-out invasion of the islands and particularly of Espanola. Equipped for the military adventure by the Spanish monarchs, Columbus sailed on October 7, 1493, with seventeen ships fully armed with more than a thousand men. (Freeland) This leaves one to wonder if the “so called” exploration to find new trade routes had alternative meaning all along. Not only was his second voyage an all out invasion but Freeland states, There would not be need in any event, since his army would be free to rape Indian women as they pleased. It was this invasion that initiated this vicious and murderous cycle of conquest, murder, thievery, and…show more content…
(Freeland) Columbus had to have known this was unreasonable, because he knew that most men were coming back with little to no gold. This was clearly not the case at all though. Freeland states, If they failed in this duty they would be severely punished, up to and including having their hands cut off which surely meant bleeding to death. Punishing these distressed Indians with this kind of cruelty puts a whole new meaning to psychopath. Columbus’s brutality would soon come to an end. Freeland describes, Because of Colon 's reckless murder of native peoples, along with the devastation of European diseases introduced to the already weakened Indian population, the tribute system quickly began to break down by 1496 due to a shortage of native labor. Basically to sum it up Columbus killed all his slaves, and this was not a quick death either. These indigenous people suffered dearly at the hands of this “Conqueror” as we like to call
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