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A Hero : Was Christopher Columbus A Hero?

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Adam Smith who was the author of “The Wealth of Nation” once expressed, “The discovery of America, and that of a passage to the East Indies by the Cape of Good Hope, are the two greatest and most important events recorded in the history of mankind” (1776). But was Columbus really a hero? Well, it depends on your definition of the term “hero”. Do you consider someone a hero if they found a land already discovered by someone else and got the credit for it? Or if they murdered innocent people just to obtain gold? This is the kind of person, Columbus really was. Christopher Columbus was an Italian sailor who made his “base” in Portugal. He believed that he could reach the Indies by sailing west across the Atlantic Ocean. He asked the Kings of Portugal, England, France, and Spain, where he was turned down because everyone thought that his idea was absurd. Eventually, Spain decided to sponsor his voyage to the Indies. On August 3, 1492, he set sail with 3 ships: The Nina, The Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Consequently, on October 12, 1492, Columbus reached on a Caribbean Island and named it “San Salvador”. He then made 4 more voyages to Hispaniola, San Salvador, and various other Spanish colonies. On his 3rd voyage to the Americas, he got arrested by the Spanish crown. He then spent a majority of his life in prison and then after he got out, he went set out on his last voyage to the Americas. He eventually died on May 20, 1506. During his voyages, Columbus killed, enslaved, and
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