Christopher Colombus Essay

1070 Words Oct 5th, 2012 5 Pages
As the great explorers Christopher Columbus and James Cook were recognized and honored in having great explorations in the world history. They encountered some Natives of countries in their individual explorations and in this essay I will compare and contrast the Columbus’s and Cook’s views of the natives they encountered. Christopher Columbus discovered native people from North America and Captain James Cook discovered them from Hawaii. They both kept journals of their experiences so now we are able to look back and understand their first experiences with Natives. In Christopher Columbus’ journal of his first voyage it describes to us his first impressions of the people he met on the Caribbean islands. Columbus describes how friendly …show more content…
On the other hand, the Europeans view was completely different as they viewed the owning of property as a symbol of power and success in one’s life. From this, it is not hard to tell that this misunderstanding between the two peoples caused big problems for the Natives as the more industrialized Europeans moved to North America in the conquest for the land the Native Americans were living on. Another great misconception the Europeans had was the notion of the Native Americans being one big group of people with one culture. This notion was completely wrong and as a matter of fact according to Dean Snow’s story, the Native Americans on the East coast alone were speaking at least 68 different languages representing merely five of the 20 language families in North America at the time. The language was not the only thing different amongst tribes as different tribes would build different types of shelter, use different methods of agriculture, and have different religious customs to name a few. If the Europeans could have recognized this sooner, they may have been able to communicate with the Natives better. The Europeans could have also looked at the many different cultures as a learning tool for different things such as ways of navigation, hunting, and agriculture.
Captain James cook was one of the first explorers to visit the Hawaiian Islands and his journal entries of the first few days depict his encounters with the natives. James Cook was more

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