Lequezz Robinson US History 1 Prof. Kirkland 09-12-2013 Native Americans encountered by Columbus and Cortes Christopher Columbus and Hernando Cortez were two Spanish sailors who set sail looking for new land. They each had their own ideas on what they were going to do. As they explored the new world they encountered Native Americans from Mexico and the Caribbean. There are many ways the Native Americans encountered by Christopher Columbus differed from those encountered by Hernando Cortes. Their weapons, architectural structures, technology of their housing, religion and beliefs are the main things that made these groups so different.
Exercise One-- Columbus Columbus describes the people he first encountered as having hair that hung over the eyebrows and hair that was uncut and they were naked. He also speaks of them being fairly tall, good looking and well built. It appears to me that Columbus and his people were curious about the Natives they encountered. However, I am disappointed to read that he spoke of manipulating them by being friendly to them in order to free them and convert them to their religion. He (they) assumed if The Natives didn’t have their “Holy Faith”, than The Natives had none at all.
What was he looking for?) How did these expectations and pre-conceived notions impact his findings and affect his interactions with the indigenous people of North or South America? How might these interactions have been different if the explores’ agendas and pre-conceived ideas been different? Explain fully and give examples to support your assertions. Christopher Columbus was a well known European explorer of the 1400”s. He was a brilliant navigator and explorer
Western Civilization leads in categories of politics, economics, science and technology and in each category the West gained efficiency and effectiveness. It is seen by many people that Columbus used his power to conquer the people of the new world and commit genocide and slavery but at the same time Columbus brought knowledge to these people and enabled them to become as powerful as Western Civilization. Over time, Western Civilization has faced adversity but like Columbus, they have done whatever was necessary to keep expanding Western influence. The article also clarifies the debate over Columbus because it shows that Columbus cannot be looked at as good or bad; Columbus has to be looked at as an admiral, who took necessary action in the new world to keep Western Civilization on top. If Columbus had not taken the actions that he did, the people of the new world may have overthrown him and the western influence and that could have changed the world as we know it forever.
In truth, a lot of what we know about Columbus is untrustworthy; some of it may be correct but a lot of it is just lies. There are numerous myths surrounding Columbus, one of them being that he was the first person ever to think that the Earth was round not flat. This is completely false; in Columbus’s time there were maps and even globes which indicated that people knew the Earth was round preceding his journey, it was common knowledge. Another more prominent myth is that he
Before beginning “Victors and Vanquished” edited by Stuart B. Schwartz, I was under the assumption that it would basically be a summary of events from the time period engulfing the Spanish entering Mexico. I knew that it would have some true accounts of letters and documents from the time. However, I was pleasantly surprised with all the new information that made me take a different stance on the Indians and Cortez and the relationship between. I feel that the editor set out to bring us a collaboration of information to give a further understanding of the human interactions. I love history; however, sometimes I tend to forget that these are real people and not fictional stories.
Matthew Howard June 24, 2013 History 309 Jeffery Glasco Facing East from Indian Country: A Comprehensive Review The misrepresentation of the relationship between Native American’s and European settlers has been widespread throughout United States history. In the book Facing East from Indian Country, author Daniel K. Richter provides an informative and compelling clarification of common misconceptions regarding initial exchanges between the two civilizations. Richter sets out to dispel notions regarding European dominance over Native Americans from first contact. Using a combination of primary sources and creativity Richter paints a contradictory picture to that of traditional United States history. He does so by reliving Native American-European relations from the Native American perspective.
Roger pushed a rock on Piggy as he died with the conch broke into millions of pieces and his body washed into the ocean. Authority had left the island. Civilization was gone, as there was nothing to control the young savage boys. Piggy was Ralph’s only true friend left as everyone else had betrayed him. Ralph, the only symbol of serenity on the island was betrayed.
From the very beginning when Christopher Columbus arrived at the “Indies” he assumed that he can take it to his advantage in using the natives as his personal slaves. He demanded to know where the gold was since this was what he was out to do from the highest authority of Spain. On October 1492 he had arrived to distant islands and was greeted by local Indians. They where wearing what he came to look for and managed to convince them to show him the way in which they had collected this precious metal. Gold was very important to him and specially the Anarchy.
Before enrolling in American Indian Studies 475 I had known that Columbus had not discovered America. I knew that he had landed in what he thought was India and named the local people Indians. What I did not know was where he had actually landed and the destruction he had caused to the local people. Although at first, the deaths were accidental due to lack of immunity to the disease brought by Columbus and his men, the trip slowly turned into one that resulted in essentially the extinction of what Columbus called the Arawak peoples. I think what drew me most to this topic, was the lack of knowledge we have about who Christopher Columbus was, and the atrocities he committed.