Compare and Contrast Essay
Christopher Columbus’s discoveries are a very controversial matter. Depending on different point of views from historians and readers, he is credited to be guilty for the massacre of many Native people, a famous explorer, as well as a very fake, religious man. All these reasons are examples of why Columbus is a very difficult character in history to tell the truth about because it comes from our opinions as well as our own interpretation of written documents and books. The difference between the three book excerpts is the different ways that Columbus was portrayed and identified; as a murderer, greedy explorer, and holy man.
In the excerpt from People’s History of the United States, the author pinpoints a lot about the hostility and innocence of Indians and how the European Discovery ended up sabotaging their lives and forcing slavery upon on them. Columbus is aware of the actions he takes after part-taking in the welcoming of the foreigners, he sees potential to profit from the land. While persuading the majesties, “He was full of religious talk: ‘“Thus the eternal God, our Lord, gives Victory to those who follow His way over apparent impossibilities”’” (4). He used his religion in devious ways to reach his main goal, wealth and spices. As well as that, he decides to attack the island’s he reaches and rounds up the Natives to sell as slaves for more gold and riches. This evidence shows proof of his greed and abuse of religion.
In the excerpt in A Patriot’s History of the United States, it also draws attention to the disease and mass death of Natives that were indirectly caused by the European, Portuguese, and Spanish Explorers that also discovered the lands. These pioneers shared the same goals of Columbus, greed. They would go out and load ships with slaves, merchandise, spices and just about everything else that they could find to satisfy their needs. Beginning the of excerpt, “God, glory, and gold--not necessarily in that...