Was Christopher Columbus A Hero

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Remeber the rhyme, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492? I do, and along with the holiday of Columbus Day in October. In history class, he wasn’t brought up much except when we started talking about how America came to be. That he sparked the movement for exploration in America, thus, more Europeans came to America and uncovering the Native Americans. Columbus encountered many indigenous people throughout his voyage. Focused on riches and conquer new lands, treated the indigenous groups they came across as obstacles to their greater mission. We celebrate the man that discovered America, however, historians continue to dig up more evidence about Columbus and now question if he is honorable enough to be considered a hero. Columbus’s use of Christianity, the introduction of new diseases, and use of violence upon the Native Americans sparked controversy among historians all around the world. “uncovered extensive evidence of the damage wreaked by Columbus and his teams, leading to outcry overemphasis placed upon studying and celebrating him in schools and public celebrations” [1.] In textbooks we learn the good things that Columbus did, that he discovered a new world, brought diseases, and Christianity to the New World. However, it did not go into depth of what he did to the Native Americans in the West Indies. His first day in the New World, he ordered six of the natives to be captured, writing in his journal that he believed they would be good servants. He
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