Christopher Columbus: A Hero, A Hero

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Christopher Columbus is remembered as the famous explorer, credited for discovering the Americas. Columbus is a inspiring historic figure, who had become popular enough to have his own holiday. Columbus was the a hero who could take on any danger, or was he? “When we celebrate Columbus Day we are celebrating a great man, the man who discovered America, right? Wrong. We are celebrating a barbarian. We are celebrating a grand theft, a perpetrator of genocide, a racist, a destroyer of culture, a rapist, a torturer, and a murderer of millions“, (Cox). While Christopher Columbus(1451-1506) is remembered as a great explorer who discovered America, he had a questionable and dark history that paints him as a murderous lunatic instead. Christopher…show more content…
On that island he met the Taíno, Lucayan, and Arawak native tribes on the island. Noticing their gold earrings, Columbus seized several of the Arawak people and demanded them to show them the source of the gold. Columbus wrote in his journal October 12, 1492, “Many of the men I have seen have scars on their bodies, and when I made signs to them to find out how this happened, they indicated that people from other nearby islands come to San Salvador to capture them; they defend themselves the best they can. I believe that people from the mainland come here to take them as slaves. They ought to make good and skilled servants, for they repeat very quickly whatever we say to them. I think they can very easily be made Christians, for they seem to have no religion. If it pleases our Lord, I will take six of them to Your Highnesses when I depart, in order that they may learn our language” (Columbus). Columbus remarked on how easily the indigenous people could be conquered, "… these people are very simple in war-like matters … I could conquer the whole of them with 50 men, and govern them as I pleased” (Columbus). Columbus continued his exploration of the modern day Caribbean Islands where he reached Cuba, Hispaniola, and Haiti, taking multiple native prisoners along the way. Columbus ran into only one violent tribe, the Cigüayos, refusing to trade the desired amount of arrows with Columbus’ crew. Columbus finally left the Caribbean in 1493, after a feud with the

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