Christopher Columbus and His Discoveries

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“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Have you ever heard of this famous quote? This quote is about Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the Americas. On the first Monday in October, we celebrate Columbus Day, based on the belief that he discovered the Americas. One might conclude that Christopher Columbus did not discover the Americas because the Native Americans, Vikings, and Phoenicians had already set foot there. First of all, when Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, he encountered a large group of Native Americans that had already inhabited it. This group of Native Americans was called the Taino. The Taino were the most native people who inhabited the Caribbean. They occupied what are now the Caribbean Islands of the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. When Christopher Columbus confronted the Taino, he characterized them as “naked as the day they were born.” By 1550, close to all the Taino population was wiped out due to disease spread to the Americas by Spaniards. Furthermore, the Taino lived a prosperous life before English settlers arrived there. According to, the Taino had complex hierarchical religious, political, and social systems. As excellent farmers and navigators, the Taino created poetry, music, and powerful, symbolic objects. As I stated above, the Taino eventually was almost destroyed by foreign diseases. Even though this had happened, the religions, language, music, and beliefs of

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