Christopher Columbus Rightly To Blame For Disease Essay

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Assess his voyages and decide if he is rightly to blame for the spread of disease, or if modern historians are being overly cruel in their assessments.

Chrtistopher Columbus was an italian explorer and navigator. Christopher Columbus made four trips across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain in the Santa Maria he was hoping to find a new route to India. Christopher Columbus first went to sea as a teenager. His first voyage almost cost him his life when he was attacked by French privateers off the coast of Portugal. His ship was burned and Christopher Columbus had to swim to the Portuguese shore. After participating in several other expeditions to Africa, Christopher Columbus gained knowledge of the Atlantic currents flowing east and west from the Canary Islands.

Christopher Columbus sailed for 36 days Westward. Columbus and his crew found an island in the Bahamas and thought it was Spain. The Santa Maria was wrecked on a reef off the coast of Hispaniola. With the help of some islanders, Columbus' men salvaged what they could and built the
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Native Americans and European settlers were not immune to these diseases. So that made them unprepared to fight the diseases. Most of these diseases brought to America were highly contagious. The smallpox was the deadliest. More Native Americans died from small pox than the deaths by the black death. Smallpox killed tens of thousands of Indians in the New World. Nearly all of the European diseases were communicable by air and touch, thus making it easy for the disease to spread rapidly.

There are debates on whether or not Columbus brought Syphilis to Europe. Syphilis was one of the first global diseases. Researchers in Bosnia report that an ancient skeleton of a young Croatia-area man shows signs of the disease. The Researchers found out that syphilis was clearly a new world product. Syphilis had a devastating effect in Europe as it spread rapidly shortly after the Columbus

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