Columbus, Was It Worth It? Essay

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Columbus, Was it Worth It?
“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand” -Frank Herbert. Before the Age of Discovery, many people were too afraid of exploring the oceans. At the time, they believed that the world was flat and there were many formidable tales about stupefying sea monsters. Sailors were afraid of falling off the edge of the world or being attacked by an ominous creature. These fears and false beliefs of the world kept many people from pursuing a life at sea. Although there were many uncharted parts of the ocean, there was competition for wealth among the European nations. This motivated Christopher Columbus, a Genoese sea captain, to make an audacious journey. As he set sailed for his journey, he decided to go across the Atlantic Ocean, instead of sailing around Africa, in search for alternative trade routes to Asia and its riches. He thought he was going to the East Indies but what he discovered was something completely unexpected. The world is a better place since Christopher Columbus discovered the New World because he helped spread diversity, improve the trading routes, and he helped the mix of crops and livestock between the two worlds. With the help of Christopher Columbus, there was much more diversity in Europe and the New World. The Europeans were able to travel to the New World and interact with the Native Americans. The authors of the textbook, Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction, claim “In building…

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