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Christopher Columbus and the New World
This paper discusses the values and motives of Christopher Columbus during his four voyages to the "New World".
# 58504 | 1,535 words | 46 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on May 15, 2005 in History (Leaders) , History (European - 16th Century) , Latin-American Studies (Spanish Conquest and Colonization, 1520-1820)
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This paper explains that Columbus was not an "enlightened" man, but a mere practitioner of his own medieval mind. The author points out that Columbus's motives were (1) exploring the regions to the West so that a new passageway to the Pacific would be found, (2) an overwhelming religious zeal to convert the Caribbean-based "heathens" and "heretics," and (3) the need for human labor in the form of slavery. The paper concludes that the terrible and inhumane actions undertaken by Columbus and his men, all of whom were supposed to be "Christian" benefactors sent by the Spanish monarchy of Ferdinand and Isabella, set the pattern for cruelty and destruction, which continued for hundreds of years in the "New World" and the continent of North America and set a precedent, which would, unfortunately, be copied by other explorers.
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