The Death Of Christopher Columbus And The Black Death

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The Black Death killed more than a third of the population in Europe. After the plague, their population grew significantly and everything turned around. “With that growth came a rise in land values, a reawakening of commerce and a general increase in prosperity” (Brinkley 10). As the population grew, so did the economy because there were more people to buy products. With the growth of trade and business, the ships that were used for trade became more advanced. The ships soon were able to go long distances and faster trade routes were wanted. The longest trade route was from Europe to Asia so Christopher Columbus has an idea to go to Asia from Europe, West instead of East. With the financial aid of Spain, he sets sail. The return of Columbus …show more content…
In Christopher Columbus’ letter, on October 12, 1492, Columbus wrote, “They ought to be good servants and of good skill.” This shows that the Indians looked to be innocent and easily taken advantage of. The Natives were nice towards the Europeans so they concluded that they will be easily exploitable. In Jan van der Straet’s Painting, The Discovery of America, Amerigo Vespucci Awakens America in 1575, illustrates America as a naked woman who has just woken up. When a person is sleeping in the nude that person is absolutely defenseless, therefore the artist depicts America as vulnerable. Since the woman is sleeping she cannot defend herself. The European has a rod which most conquers have which means he came to conquer. From a 17th century manuscript, Conquest, the Miracle of Santiago is depicted. Of the legend Santiago, converted Spain to Christianity. It portrays a man on a horse which is standing on a defenseless person. The picture can relate to the Europeans conquering the Americas because the man on the horse could be the Europeans and the innocent person being stepped on could be the Natives. The person lying on the ground is innocent because he is not fighting back. The Europeans realize that since the Natives are vulnerable and primitive, they can be …show more content…
In the account written by Spanish governor de Soto’s secretary, in 1539-1542, the author depicts the Indians as having valuable items. The secretary wrote, “… [The Indian woman chief] took off a string of pearls, which she wore on her neck, and put on the governor.” This shows that the Indians have items of value which the Europeans probably want. The secretary later wrote, “… [The Europeans] received [gifts] from the Indians by gift or by force.” This shows that the Europeans will stop at nothing to get these items. In De Bry’s engraving printed in the book, The True Pictures and Fashions of the People In That Part Of America Now Called Virginia, discovered by Englishmen, demonstrates that the Indians are agriculturally advanced and the Europeans could use them as a food resource. The Natives apply their understanding of agricultural to produce food were the Europeans can benefit from. The Europeans thought that the Native Americans must be conquered for their resources. Some Europeans view the Native Americans as fierce warriors. The Spaniard Cabeza de Vaca published an account of when the Indians attacked his party in 1528. In the account he wrote, “… [The Native Americans will shoot] with so great precision that they miss nothing.” The Spaniard advertized the Indians as fierce warriors so Europe will send their own warriors. Europeans will notice that the Natives would not make good peaceful neighbors;

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