Christopher Columbus Hero or Villan
Aysha Imtiaz Should a man whose actions created a wave of genocide and killed thousands of innocent natives be considered a hero? Christopher Columbus found the Americas, but today he takes credit for discovering a new world. Native Americans had been living in civilizations across North and South America long before Columbus had “discovered” it. This journey has now ruined many of those cultivations as well as the citizens. With his expedition, he exposed countries to new disease and violence. His greed led him to deprive America of its natives and its resources.
Thirdly, he also introduced Native Americans to slavery. These horrible monstrosities should be added to Columbus’s reputation, which shows him to be a villain in American history. Christopher Columbus had evil intentions from the start of his voyage when he promised to repay Ferdinand, Spanish monarch and founder of Columbus’s travels, with gold, spice, and other resources. When he first arrived in what he thought was Asia, he quickly gathered the natives and introduced them to slavery. What he did was wrong and he shouldn’t be celebrated.
Firstly, with his expedition he exposed countries to new disease and violence. Christopher Columbus brought explorers who had disease. This caused the Native Americans to get diseases as well. He was very violent and treated them in a cruel way. The poor Native Americans were trying to share their land and Columbus didn’t want to share even though it wasn’t his land. Whatever he did was wrong, and I feel ashamed that we celebrate a person who did nothing but torture people. We should be thankful to the Native Americans for finding America and proving to be very good people unlike Christopher Columbus.
Secondly, Christopher Columbus‘s greed led him to deprive America of its natives and resources. Columbus deprived the Native Americans of everything they had. He took away their land and their crops. The Native Americans showed everything they knew about their advice. But Christopher Columbus uses them and took away their land. He killed them and literally kicked them out of their land. The Native Americans tried to retrieve what was rightfully theirs but Columbus had too much power. He was impossible to defeat.
This left them no choice but to give away their land to Christopher Columbus. Thirdly, he also introduced slavery to the Native Americans. The Native Americans worked for nobody. But ever since Christopher Columbus came to their land they knew the feeling of working with no pay. They were treated unfairly and were beaten up if they did their work incorrectly. The Native Americans had to go through so much. They were punished unnecessarily and treated like humans. We all see Christopher Columbus as a hero but he is no one other than a villain.
This information has taught me that Christopher Columbus was a horrible person people like him take credit for things they haven’t done. He brought disease and violence to the new land. Secondly, his greed left Native Americans with nothing. He even introduced slavery to them. In my eyes Christopher is nothing but a villain, because jealousy, greed and envy won’t get you very far in life, because you’ll always discontent and unhappy about yourself, your life and the people around you. If Columbus thought about that in 1492. Maybe the Native Americans wouldn’t have gone through all that torture.