Columbus The Indians And Human Progress Analysis

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Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress Howard Zinn describes the Columbus’ arrival on the American earth. In most of history books Columbus presented as a hero, who opened America. But Howard Zinn shows us some details, which make us to look at Columbus in other way. The main aim of Columbus trip was to find gold, to find new resources. But unfortunately in those plants there were no resources. The people who inhabited there were Arawak men and women. They were gentle and peaceful, but admiral, as well as those who came after him, was blind and so obsessed with the desire to please the King of Spain that committed irreparable crimes against the Indians. Sometimes they "rode on the backs of the Indians, when rushed, or running the natives,…show more content…
Does this gold can be equal to lives of those peaceful and kind Indians? Thus 500 years ago began the history of European penetration into the Indian settlements in the Americas. This invasion meant conquest, slavery and death. Howard Zinn is skeptical of the governments and their attempts, through politics and culture, to ensnare ordinary people in a giant web of nationhood pretending to a common interest. Howard Zinn tries to describe the history without changing the facts. He tries to tell the truth, preferring to talk about the discovery of America from the viewpoint of the Arawaks. The North American colonies of England followed the example of Columbus's early in his actions in the Bahamas. Already in 1585, even before any permanent settlements were the Englishmen in Virginia, Richard Grenville arrived on the American continent with seven ships. Indians hospitably welcomed newcomers, but as soon as one of the natives stole a small silver cup, Grenville sacked and burned the entire…show more content…
Howard Zinn describes about the life of African slaves in South America. Slavery developed quickly into a regular institution, into the normal labor relation of blacks to white in the New World. The Virginians needed labor, to grow corn for subsistence, to grow tobacco for export, so the only way to get it they had to use slaves. To 1800 to South and North America were transported from 10 to 15 million of blacks and approximately one third were African people. This numbers are appalling. The helplessness of those people made enslavement easier. The Indians were on their own land. The whites were in their own European culture. The blacks had been torn from their land and culture, forced into a situation where the heritage of language, dress, custom, family relations, was bit by bit obliterated except for the remnants that blacks could hold on to by sheer, extraordinary

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