Christopher Columbus : A Hero Or Hero?

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Christopher Columbus was he a hero or was he a villain? As attitudes change throughout the years and new discoveries are being made, history is constantly being rewritten. In the recent years, there has been much controversy over the “achievements” of the great admiral Christopher Columbus. There have also been many books, articles, and historians that have described him as “one of the greatest mariners in history, a visionary genius, a national hero, a failed administrator, a naive entrepreneur, and a ruthless and greedy imperialist.” This essay will attempt to clarify who Christopher Columbus was and how he altered history for the better and for worse. Christopher Columbus was a renowned Italian sailor, navigator, and explorer who accidently discovered the “New World” of the Americas in 1492 as the result of an expedition sponsored by the Spanish monarchy Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, in hopes of finding an alternate trade route to Asia, the source of luxury and wealth in the eyes of Europeans. Altogether Columbus commanded four expeditions under the Spanish monarchy between 1492 and 1504. Although Columbus never found an alternate lucrative trade route to Asia, Columbus’s encounter with America in 1492 forever changed world history, symbolizing the beginning of a new relationship between Western Europe and the rest of the world. Columbus’s discovery ended cultural isolation by bringing together people and ecosystems that had developed separately for

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