Zinns Basic Criticism Of Christopher Columbus

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Register to read the introduction… 5. What is Zinns basic criticism of historian Samuel Eliot Morison’s book Christopher Columbus? * Zinns basic criticism of the book is that Morison praises Columbus too much, he goes overboard. According to Zinn, Columbus was a bad guy. Zinn was more on the people’s side, and would have liked to see their view on things. 6. What major issues does Bartolome de las Casas bring up regarding Spanish expeditions in the Caribbean? * Bartolome brings up the treatment of the native people by the Spaniards. He tells about the living styles and what kind of people the Indians were. He also says that the Spaniards grow more and more conceited. He described how the natives died, disappeared, and were killed by the Spaniards. 7. Identify one early and one subsequent motive that drove Columbus to oppress indigenous people. * Gold was a sign of wealth. Columbus was greedy and tried every way to get his hands on as much as he can. He also wanted to find a shorter route to India. He imprisoned Arawak people because he thought that they would lead him to whatever he wanted. 8. What was the ultimate fate for the Arawak …show more content…
Discuss the significance of powhatans statement, “Why will you take by force what you may have quietly by love?” * This was a statement given by a dying Powhantan Indian. He asks questions to John smith, questioning him on the things he’s done to them for supplies and shelter. “Why will you take by force what you may have quietly by love?’ this statement is telling john smith that he doesn’t need to take anything because they would give it to him. He if family to them. But once he starts taking by force they have no other choice but to do onto his people as they did onto them. 13. Explain Governor John Winthrop’s legal and biblical justification for seizing Indian island. * John Winthrop created an excuse to take Indian island by declaring the area legally a “vacuum.” The Indians he said had not “subdued” the land, and therefore had only a “natural” right to it, but not a “civil” right. The Puritans also appealed to the bible, Psalms 2:8, and Romans 13:2. 14. Explain the main tactic of warfare used by the English against the Indians. * The main tactic of warfare was to capture and kill the weak which were the children and women the tribes. They killed the ones that were unable to

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