Christopher Columbus, the Conquerer Essay

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Christopher Columbus, the Conquerer

Depending on how you look at it, Christopher Columbus was either a great man of adventure and achievement Or the kind of person that does not see shame in killing and enslaving thousand of Native Americans. Christopher Columbus came to America in hopes of finding new land, new opportunities, and gold. On the view of the Spaniards side he was helping them expand a money thirsty empire. He was helping route and map new uncharted land. He was bringing his ships back so full of gold that they almost sunk. On the view of Native Americans he was looting and plundering their valubles, family members, houses, pictures and basically anything he wanted. He sacrificed many Natives, crushing their whole world
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With such motivation the crew worked feverishly and diligently. The crew moved at a quick pace. Though the fear of a possible completely calm wind that had been haunting the crew never came. Near a week later many crew members began dreading that they had been led too far off course by the trade winds. They began to assume that they were to far out in the big Atlantic that if they did turn back there would be no completion. With such a hope Juan de La Cosa went below deck to inform his leader about the rising situation (Levinson 89). As feared by Columbus, the crew was beginning to show signs of a mutiny. When he made an attempt to address his crew they snarled and revoked him. Columbus’ crew would not be disappointed though. There was still hope.

Near dawn on October 11 the crew had awakened to the same old ocean. Still the same old churning and bright crisp sunrise as before. The fleet of Spaniards needed something new and exciting or the possibility of a mutiny on Columbus might become a harsh and brutal reality. As the crew staggered from their quarters below and up onto the deck, something was very different. Just looking over the boat they knew their goal had arrived. Many of the crew members began fishing vegetation out of the water such as bamboo and leaves that were still green and full of life. Although the crew did know that items could drift by sea for months, they knew this was special. For one man pulled out an item that

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