Christopher Colombus

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As the great explorers Christopher Columbus and James Cook were recognized and honored in having great explorations in the world history. They encountered some Natives of countries in their individual explorations and in this essay I will compare and contrast the Columbus’s and Cook’s views of the natives they encountered. Christopher Columbus discovered native people from North America and Captain James Cook discovered them from Hawaii. They both kept journals of their experiences so now we are able to look back and understand their first experiences with Natives. In Christopher Columbus’ journal of his first voyage it describes to us his first impressions of the people he met on the Caribbean islands. Columbus describes how friendly…show more content…
The 1778 arrival of British explorer James Cook is usually taken to be Hawaii's first contact with European explorers. Cook named the islands the Sandwich Islands in honor of one of his sponsors, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. He published the geographical coordinates of the islands and reported the native name as Owyhee. This erroneous translation lives on in Owyhee County, Idaho, which was named after three Hawaiian members of a trapping party who were killed in that area. Captain Cook and Columbus were similar in some ways in when they encountered the Natives of the lands they discovered but in other ways were very different. Christopher Columbus was more focused on understanding and getting to know the natives as a whole so they could help the people of Europe or be more people put under the faith of Christianity. James Cook was more into business with the Natives that he discovered not trying to get personal but rather trade with them and gain more items that they have never seen or had before to take back with them to
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