Analysis Of The Book ' Christopher Columbus ' Essay

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While each of the European nationalities had different viewpoints of the Indians, they shared common points of view on them as well. Each article, written at different time periods, focuses on different aspects of the Indians way of life. In the first article, “Christopher Columbus Recounts His First Encounter with Native People ,1493," he seemed to be quite intrigued by the Indians and their land. He notes how beautiful the mountains and fields are and how superb the land is for planting and building towns. It then goes onto talk about their way of living. He notices that the men and women live naked. Columbus says that the Native people are wonderfully timid and attributed that to why they don’t have any steel, iron, and weapons. The Natives were very friendly people, they would never say no. They’re always willing to help out their fellow people and be happy with whatever they got in return. He continues with the observations he made about the role of man and woman. He finds it strange that the woman do more work than the men. He closes the article by saying that Christendom will soon take over the land and it will have many people convert to it. Overall, Columbus had a positive experience with the Indians during his first encounter. The second article “Reverend John Heckwelder Records a Native Oral Traditions of the First Arrival of Europeans on Manhattan Island (1610), 1818” begins by stating what the Indians were thinking when they first saw the ship of…

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