A Villain Disguised As A Hero Essay

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A Villain Disguised as a Hero
In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. This is the phrase that most elementary school children learn when they are taught about the discovery of the Americas. Most people look fondly on Christopher Columbus since he traveled to the unknown and started the colonization of America that lead to the North and South America that we know today. Christopher Columbus is not a hero, however, since he was not the one to discover the Americas and because of his inhuman treatment of the Native Americans.
In order to determine if Columbus is a hero or a villain, one must first consider Columbus’ background. Not much is known about Christopher Columbus’ early life. Columbus was born sometime between August 26 and October 31, 1451, in Genoa, Italy (Flint). It is not until Columbus was twenty-five years old that we really have any record of him. In 1476, Columbus was involved in a shipwreck and then moved to Lisbon to work as a chart maker (Flint). This did not last long. The next year Columbus went back to sailing and then in 1479 he met and married his wife, Felipa Perstrello who later died in 1485 (Flint). Columbus began seeking aid to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1484, first, from King John II of Portugal and then King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain in 1486 (Flint). Finally, in January of 1492 after two rejections, Columbus received support from the rulers of Spain due to his acquaintanceship with Luis de Santángel, the Spanish treasurer. And then…

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