Christopher Columbus As A Hero

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In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered America. He helped build implement a trade network between Europe (old world) and the America (new world). Which introduced new food and technology to both worlds. Although Christopher Columbus is recognized as a hero, who discovered the America and made it what it is today, his motives were to take all the valuable goods from the new world to the Spain. He have killed millions of natives. In 1492, when Christopher Columbus began to sail, he wanted to go to India because centuries ago, Marco polo have brought back gold, silk, and spices from his journey to Asia. However, the Turks had conquered Constantinople and the eastern Mediterranean, and controlled the land routes to Asia, a sea route was…show more content…
With fifty men, we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want” (Zinn). In addition, he saw the women of Arawak wearing a pair of gold earrings. This made him capture few Arawak to help him locate the gold source. This shows that Columbus is very greedy person because first he lies about being the first person see the island for money and then he imprisoned the people that took care of him so that he can take the gold back to Spain. When columbus came to the new world, he treated the natives as they were his property. He have never cared about the natives lives. This is illustrated when he wrote a report to the majesties of spain, Columbus asked for some aid and in return he would bring them "as much gold as they need ... and as many slaves as they ask" (Zinn). For his exaggerated report and promises, Columbus received seventeen ships and more than twelve hundred men. The goal was to get slaves and gold. They went from island to island in the Caribbean, taking Indians as captives. But they could not find any mines. However, he had to fill up the ships that are returning to Spain with something. Therefore, in 1495, they went on a great slave raid, rounded up fifteen hundred Arawak men, women, and children, put them in pens guarded by Spaniards and dogs, then picked the five hundred best specimens to load onto ships. Many died in their way to Spain. After the natives arrived in Spain, they were sold as slaves. Which is very

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