Essay on Columbus And The New World

1155 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
Columbus Found America.. Or did he?

As the old saying goes, “Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 and found America.” However, this statement might not be as true as we once thought when we learned about Columbus in elementary school. Columbus’ voyages to the new world had many negative impacts because of his harsh leadership and enslavement of the indigenous people which led to many controversies surrounding Columbus into present day.

In the 15th century, there was not an efficient way to reach Asia from Europe. The Portuguese had a solution, sailing to Asia to avoid dangerous groups along the journey by land. Rather than sailing around the Cape of Good Hope, Columbus had a different plan, sailing west across the Atlantic (Christopher). His logic was sound, but his math was faulty. Resulting from his faulty math, Columbus incorrectly argued that the circumference of the Earth was much smaller than his contemporaries believed it was (Christopher).From this, he thought that the journey would be simple.

Columbus gave a presentation of his plan to many officials before he found the audience of Ferdinand and Isabella from Spain. They, along with Columbus, desired the fame and the fortune that would come from such a discovery. The King and Queen also wanted to take advantage of this as an opportunity to spread Catholicism to other lands. In Christopher Columbus’s journal he said,

“ And your highnesses, as a Catholic Christians and Princes, devoted to…

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