Christopher Columbus Hero

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Christopher Columbus: a hero? “…They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features… They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of came…They would make fine servants…With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” In 1492, Christopher Columbus, the famous explorer and navigator, sailed the ocean blue and discovered America. It was Columbus who brought western civilization to the North America, catalyzed the flourishing of colonies, and eventually established an important nation, the United States. Since 1971, Columbus Day has been celebrated in the U.S. as federal holiday. However, Columbus’s interactions with the indigenous people - his use of violence and slavery, the introduction of a host of new…show more content…
The Columbia Exchange is known as the widespread exchange of animals, plants, and culture, which transformed people’s ways of life; yet the exchange of a host of new infectious diseases has affected both European and Native Americans. Before 1492, there were only one or two diseases that the “new” and the “old” world shared. However, during the age of discovery, Portuguese sailors carried the malady to Africa, India, and Asia, where it had not been seen before. Since Native populations had no immunity to the diseases such as smallpox, measles, influenza, and typhus, it is estimated that upwards of 80-95% of Native American population was decimated within the first 100-150 years following 1492. In spite of the positive effects of the exchange of plants, animals, and goods, critics of Columbus have asserted that Columbus led the additional consequence of bringing new diseases to the new world, which devastated the native population of many community.
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