History And Its Makers Essay

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Caroline Gallagher Mr Mosiondz English 10 Adv. 11 October 2011 Essay 4 History and its Makers Christopher Columbus, John Smith, and John Winthrop all played important roles in American history, but they are not always remembered as the people they really were. Despite coming into contact with the Indians at about the same time in history, Columbus, Smith, and Winthrop all showed a different perception and presentation of the Indians. Many of the facts were changed or twisted to make these figures in history seem more or less important than they might have been. Each one of them did something important that deserves them a spot in history. When I was little I learned that “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”. I also learned that Christopher Columbus was a great man who found America. Apparently, he was so great he deserved his own holiday. All throughout grade school I was taught about how innovative he was, from discovering that the world was round instead of flat, to finding America. In truth, Columbus has been placed on a pedestal in which he doesn’t belong. He was an egotistic man. Columbus refers to himself as “the admiral” and believes he is superior. Christopher thinks he is better than the natives, and that “they should be good servants…. for I observed that they quickly took in what was said to them, and I believe that they would easily be made Christians, as it appeared to me that they had no religion.”(2) What is apparent to me is that this man actually believes can simply take the natives’ captive and shove religion down their throats. Columbus even thinks he is better than his own men. According to him; “before they sailed, these men had been displaying certain backwardness” (1).Depsite the fact that he destroyed lives, enslaved, tortured, killed and oppressed natives,this man should be remembered in history. Christopher did find America,

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