Christopher Columbus's Impact On American History

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Everyone know that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. He discovered Cuba, Hispaniola and many other islands. In Spain his voyage was to discover a trade route to Asia through the Atlantic Ocean in search for Gold, and other valuable resources. On his journey to Asia Columbus and his sailors discovered an island which would be later called Cuba and furthered his destination to other islands in the Caribbean from Barbados to the Dominican Republic . Christopher Columbus is the reason why the Caribbean is known as the West Indies because when he arrived he thought he was in India. Although all writers agree Christopher Columbus impacted American history, many of the writers like Benjamin Harrison, Franklin Roosevelt agrees that …show more content…
Roosevelt made a statement on Columbus Day elaborate on the impact Columbus had on America. " The voyage of Christopher Columbus... was only a prelude to a historical era... The promise which discovery gave to the world, or a new beginning in the march of human progress, has been in process of fulfillment for four centuries"(Document 3) Roosevelt has demonstrated his understanding of Christopher Columbus, but he 's bias in his speech by not acknowledge the pain and death that he caused to many Native - Americans. Roosevelt states "Created The America to which the Old World contributed so magnificently" As the President of the United States, President Roosevelt has the position to take both sides and compromise both feelings. Through this text he 's glorifying his discovery but not taking in the actions that his discovery led to. For example "The early movement of European people to America" which resulted in the Native Americans population decline dramatically. The reliability of his words wouldn 't be valuable since he 's a respected person in the country and he may have Christopher Columbus seem like a hero by using heroic diction to emphasize his importance to American history. On October 9, 2009, Barack Obama talked about Columbus impact. " Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a bold attempt to expand human understanding of the known world. His voyage radically altered the course of history and changed our world forever... Today we reflect on the transformation of North America from a land of boundless opportunity to the modern communities of the 21st century... explorers of Italian descents have directly influenced the Growth of North America... From the boardroom to the classroom, they are prominent in every facet of American life" (Document 4) President Obama purpose for this speech is not to commend Christopher Columbus, but to acknowledge all Italian explorers for their impact in American lives. Barack Obama never said

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