How Do Americans View George Washington and Christopher Columbus Today?

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Washington had an impact on America during the late 1700’s, and Columbus had an impact on what he hoped was the West Indies in the late 1400’s and early 1500’s. George Washington and Christopher Columbus are viewed in two complete different ways. Columbus found America and brought the early English settlements over. Washington helped found our country. However even though both men affected our country both are viewed differently than today. George Washington set a legacy that we are still following and are inspired by today. His legacy that has been handed down for generations and for many generations to come, is one that provides our country with leadership and is the foundation of our country’s strength. George Washington is also…show more content…
Not only did Christopher Columbus change lives of the Europeans but he also changed the lives of the Indians, the Africans, and even future Americans. In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in search of the West Indies. On his voyage he land on what is now know as the Bahamas, then went to cuba, and then landed on the Hispaniola. Columbus gave them the name Indians because he thought he was in the Indies. War was not always the case with Native Indians, in fact on the Hispaniola there was peace. However, Columbus brought not only men but he also brought the plague. This drastically killed thousands upon thousands of Native Indians. So many Native Indians were dying that Columbus had to request King Ferdinand to give them protection. Christopher Columbus still had to face another problem. Since many of the Native Americans were dying, he had to find someone to do their work load. He decided to go to Africa, and bring Africans over to work the fields. This was the start of slavery. Christopher Columbus didn’t find the water route to Asia like he intended to, but with the 4 voyages Columbus found something, he found a “new world.” Both George Washington and Christopher Columbus are still highly viewed today. You see many things named after them. For instance Washington D.C. is of both. Washington is from George Washington, and D.C. stands for District of Columbia for

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