Were Christopher Columbus’s New World Discoveries a Positive Force in the Development of World History?

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Destructive progress would be a great way to describe Columbus’s role in discovering the New World. Only now can we have a proper perspective, five hundred years later after Columbus first stepped in the New World, towards his legacy. Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer and navigator who was sponsored by King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of castile to find quicker way to Asia for the spice trade. Columbus discovery of the New World opened up new route for wealth and expenditure for European States, yet it came at the expense of Native Americans he encountered. Columbus’s exploration of the New World ended lives and heritage of many people. The Discovery of the New world was later on followed by series of minor developments in navigation, geography, astronomy and economy through the Atlantic circuit but in contrast it even these minor devalopments were ”Not..worth price of human lives.”(Sale 188). Additionally Europeans imposed and substituted their institutions, ideas,languages, cultures, technologies and economy for the New World’s original heritage and language. Also” it gave birth to the most infamous and the most atrocious of all traffics, that of slave, the most execrable of crimes against nature (Reynal /190)”. Ships of African slaves crossed the Atlantic to the Americas to work on European sugar and tobacco plantations under the harshest conditions, which led to an end of many slaves’ lives. The second storm of things that was brought to the New World by Columbus discovery was the ecocide marching through America today. Rainforest area is disappearing ”fast at the rate of twenty five million acres a year” (Sale P 188)”. This made different members of green movement all around the world bring their attention to environmental destruction, which was brought to the world particularly to America continent, afternoon of

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