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How should Christopher Columbus be remembered?

Estick 2010/07/09 20:28:59
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  • Smokey 2010/07/10 04:42:00
    Smokey
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    I don't like Christopher Columbus as a person, but I'm sure glad he sailed over here and came to the Americas. If it weren't for him, I'd be eating bugs somewhere in Africa. But now, I'm living in one of the GREATEST countires in the WORLD! :)

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  • Marek 2010/07/10 15:20:52
    Marek
    +1
    He should be remembered as a man who started colonization of Americas by European nations. He was no better or worse man then any of his contemporaries who would be in the same position that he was. If it was not him then someone else would have started the process of colonization and the result would have been similar.
  • MoonshineMotor 2010/07/10 15:14:59
    MoonshineMotor
    +1
    The one who discovered Cuba.
  • Blix 2010/07/10 09:58:41
    Blix
    +1
    As a communist.
  • icymore 2010/07/10 06:03:19
    icymore
    +1
    a monster.
  • Smokey 2010/07/10 04:42:00
    Smokey
    +2
    I don't like Christopher Columbus as a person, but I'm sure glad he sailed over here and came to the Americas. If it weren't for him, I'd be eating bugs somewhere in Africa. But now, I'm living in one of the GREATEST countires in the WORLD! :)
  • Astarte 2010/07/10 03:48:11
    Astarte
    +2
    Though he was not the first to discover or colonize, his discovery led to the first successful colonization of America so he deserves recognition as such. It wasn't until Columbus came to America that others came and kept coming. Not a healthy thing for the Indians, but I guess a good thing for the rest of us.
  • Mellow 2010/07/10 03:14:37
    Mellow
    +1
    Maniac.
  • chaoskitty123 2010/07/10 00:52:27
    chaoskitty123
    +2
    For the truth. He was a greedy selfish man out for fortune and fame who thought he would get rich finding a way to the West Indies and when he discovered a new continent instead... thought he would be made ruler over it on behalf of Spain becoming a king in his own right. He was a brutal tyrant who massacred and enslaved people who turned his ruthlessness against people loyal to the Spanish crown and was ultimately stripped of most of what he wanted some saying he died gripped by madness.

    If not Columbus, someone would have discovered the America's because ships were traversing the Atlantic and the real aim of Columbus was to beat them to whatever lay out there. He wasn't flying blind as he had maps showing him there were lands across the Atlantic other Europeans had been to before him and Columbus wrongly assumed it was China.

    Basically, Columbus should be remembered as a man of little consequence because what he discovered would have been discovered in any case and without the support of Queen Isabella, he could not have achieved anything at all on his own.

    He is, however, a portrait on humanity that when a little man with big dreams achieves what he is looking for... the evil and wickedness in that mans heart is no different than those who inherit wealth and power... i...







    For the truth. He was a greedy selfish man out for fortune and fame who thought he would get rich finding a way to the West Indies and when he discovered a new continent instead... thought he would be made ruler over it on behalf of Spain becoming a king in his own right. He was a brutal tyrant who massacred and enslaved people who turned his ruthlessness against people loyal to the Spanish crown and was ultimately stripped of most of what he wanted some saying he died gripped by madness.

    If not Columbus, someone would have discovered the America's because ships were traversing the Atlantic and the real aim of Columbus was to beat them to whatever lay out there. He wasn't flying blind as he had maps showing him there were lands across the Atlantic other Europeans had been to before him and Columbus wrongly assumed it was China.

    Basically, Columbus should be remembered as a man of little consequence because what he discovered would have been discovered in any case and without the support of Queen Isabella, he could not have achieved anything at all on his own.

    He is, however, a portrait on humanity that when a little man with big dreams achieves what he is looking for... the evil and wickedness in that mans heart is no different than those who inherit wealth and power... it may even be worse because such a man knowing hardship and pain may feel no compassion for others when he achieves fortune and fame because he views this as the way of the world that those who have power can do whatever the hell they want.

    Columbus will always be a paradox because circumstances made him one of the most important men in world history whether he was deserving or not. But when you examine the man himself rather than his place in history... you find a very evil man who even in his lifetime was directly responsible for the deaths of countless people and for setting in motion policies future men would utilize creating a different kind of slavery and violence than was practiced or allowed in the Europe of his day. European leaders saw the natives as new subjects and new peoples to rule over... men like Columbus saw himself as becoming the direct ruler over European peoples transplanted to thee new lands and the native peoples either being destroyed or enslaved until those who survived were absorbed into the peoples ruled over by King Columbus.

    This is my take on Christopher Columbus based on the known facts of his life and views of the man himself. However, he will always be remembered for his place in history and the chain of events that played out in history as a result of his actions regardless of who the man himself proves to be.

    Things like Columbus Day are not wrong to celebrate because we are honoring Columbus for his place in history and while many point to all the wrongs that took place as a result, many others ask "What If" scenarios such as what if China discovered the New world first or the Japanese? The Europeans did not conquer the New World in as much as they exploited the internal divisions and chaos which already existed here among native peoples. It was not the Spanish who conquered the Aztecs and the Inca's, but their native allies who numbered in the hundreds of thousands or even millions. It was not the English or the French who conquered North America but those native tribes who struck alliances with them against their mutual enemies... but unlike the whites who merged and intermarried becoming one peoples, Natives did not overcome their internal divisions and thus continued the self destructive cycle leading to European conquest of their lands.

    It's all about how you view history whether from the larger picture or the more restricted, almost mythological, view taught in school. There is more to know if you have the time to learn which most do not and that's the problem... in a society with so much education, we limit ourselves to what we are taught rather than seeking the answers ourselves as to search for the truth creates wisdom... having a good memory to remember what you are told is only basic knowledge with little wisdom to know what to make of it.
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  • Astro-Boy PHAET 2010/07/09 23:05:17
    Astro-Boy PHAET
    +2
    As the man whom discovered something many many people already knew about.
  • eroomas 2010/07/09 22:58:40
    eroomas
    +1
    A ruthless conqueror. He was a man of his times that did things that today would be considered inhuman.
  • Cloud 2010/07/09 21:19:34
    Cloud
    +1
    We shouldn't .............. he was a fraud ........ and he didn't discover anything ....
  • Tiny 2010/07/09 21:01:17 (edited)
    Tiny
    +1
    courageous genoese seafarer and leader, bold visionary who was comparable to the first astronaut to land on the moon, except he didn't have the technical strength of a nasa to support him.
  • Matt 2010/07/09 20:38:54
    Matt
    +1
    He certainly wasn't very good news for the Indians !

    news indians
  • Joseph ... Matt 2010/07/10 03:26:51
    Joseph E. Bowker, CMSgt, USAF (Ret)
    +2
    Actually, that is not true. Where the English settled, the Indians disappeared. Where the Spanish and French settled, the American Natives were mixed with the Europeans. I mean think about it. Mexicans are generally Spanish and Indian. Cuba, Spanish, Porto Rica, Spanish and Africans. Almost all of South America are Spanish or Portuguese and Indian. I think you are thoughtlessly hard on Columbus. Now, there is almost no doubt, the Vikings found the North American Lands, but they did little to Colonize. Depending on how you look at it, they weren't as smart as the Spanish/Italians, and Portuguese. England after all settled the Americas with Pirates.
  • Matt Joseph ... 2010/07/10 03:38:59
    Matt
    Where the English first settled, there was no gold or silver. As they pushed westward and discovered it, the Indian's fate was sealed !

    english settled gold silver pushed westward discovered indians fate sealed
  • Blix Joseph ... 2010/07/10 09:57:43
    Blix
    Yes, Bravo OberSargent!
    European christian rejects get expelled from the realm, come to America, kill every indian
    they can find, and then crow about being a christian nation, and how "God" gave it to them, Who could find fault with such implacable morality? Cheers.
  • ritchieViolence 2010/07/09 20:35:42
    ritchieViolence
    +1
    as a fraud!

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