Christopher Columbus Essay

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Rebecca Spada Writing Assignment #1 IAH – Section 4 Through history studies in grade school and secondary school students are taught of the great explorer who discovered America, Christopher Columbus. Tales of his many voyages and the names of his ships the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria are engrained into the minds of children through rhyme and song. Today, Christopher Columbus remains a mysterious and controversial figure. He has been described as everything from a National Hero to a ruthless and greedy imperialist. The question becomes “Who is Christopher Columbus?” Is he really that man that some Americans describe as a hero? Or is Columbus’s character flawed as others have suggested. Today Columbus is well known as the brave man who discovered the Americas, and although he was not the first man to discover this land, I believe there were advantages and disadvantages of him invading the land now called America. Columbus may have been the first man to bring colonization to the Americas, but for thousands of years the indigenous people lived and breathed the lands of the Americas. According to the book “Born In Blood And Fire,” “Indigenous peoples inhabited almost every inch of the Americas when the Europeans and Africans arrived. Deserts and forests were less densely populated then fertile valleys, but no part of the continent lacked people that lived off the land and considered themselves part of it” (Chasteen 25). To glorify Columbus as the brave man to discover the New world is false, he invaded the land and over powered these people with the greed of the European lifestyle. These people who lived on this land for thousands of years had their own lifestyle on this land and cherished it in many ways before Columbus stepped foot on the land. Columbus may not have realized that to the Native Americans this land was their way of life; the indigenous

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