Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus, known as the man who founded America, was actually looking for an Atlantic route to Asia. He had four voyages between 1492 and 1504 were wondrous at first, but disappointing in the end. He won support of Ferdinand and Isabella, the Spanish monarchs, for the “enterprise of the Indies.” According to his letters, some people see him as a hero, and some don’t. In my opinion, I think he is a little bit of both.

In his first letter to Luis de Santangel regarding his first voyage, he described his trip as a marvelous one with no obstacles stopping him whatsoever. He has mentioned that he named a couple of islands by the Spanish monarchs. In my opinion, I think he was just trying to impress Isabella and Ferdinand. Also, I think it was inhumane of him to capture Indians and turn them into slaves. Those are some of the reasons why I think Christopher Columbus was a pitiable man rather than a hero.

He might be respected because he has reached his goal, but I don’t think he fully did. In his letter to Ferdinand and Isabella regarding his fourth voyage, it showed how miserable he felt because of the things that occurred to him. From the way he writes, I sensed that he was going through a mental breakdown. He seemed like a religious person, but I think he only seeks God when he is in trouble. Capturing people as slaves is certainly not a holy act. Christopher Columbus is respected because he was a determined man who wanted to discover the world and benefit other people. He was a good captain for keep the ship from sinking or losing its way. But, in general, I feel that he expected so much, which disappointed him in the end. He wasn’t realistic,; for if he was, he wouldn’t have gone mental when things didn’t go the way he wanted.

Columbus died due to the depression he went through in his last years. This shows that he was overthinking everything that happened to him and might feel guilty for enslaving the Indians. Though nothing was mentioned...
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