Christopher Columbus Essay

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Christopher Columbus is credited as the audacious voyager who challenged modern thinking and found the land now known as the Americas. Columbus not only discovered new lands, but also opened trade with natives and brought substantial wealth and glory to the major European powers. In addition, his ventures not only enabled the spread of the gospel to pagan peoples, but also set the stage for the emergence of the United States of America. Without Christopher Columbus the United States would not have been a separate state for over 500 years or more or not at all. However, despite all that Columbus did, people still fail to recognize the tribulations he undertook before he set off in his first ship. The public is unable to comprehend, despite …show more content…
Again Columbus was met with another disgraceful defeat. After gaining audience with his home country, Italy, he was again denied. Only subsequent to this failure, was Columbus able to gain an audience with King Ferdinand of Spain and acquire the funding needed to begin his voyage. Not only did Columbus exhibit perseverance here, but also in his actual voyage. For months as he sailed toward an unknown future, the thought nagged him that he could be sailing his crew to their death (Davidson 27). This did not discourage Columbus, but only emboldened him as he thought of his months of campaigning for funding. In the face of a forthcoming time when trials and tribulation are eminent, it is important to acknowledge the lessons Columbus’ legacy teaches. We, as Americans, must persevere through the struggles and keep our foundation in the things we believe in. Columbus demonstrated this key characteristic through all his troubles and failures, which is evident in his chronicle. Following in the paths of Columbus, it is imperative to understand these words: When the world says, "’Give up,” Hope whispers, "’Try it one more time (Khurana 1)” Moral Courage has been a value that has been overlooked in our communication society. In essence this utilitarian value is “standing up for what you believe in”. As our world continues to