English Essay on Christopher Columbus Villain and Hero

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Christian Copeland
English 101
April 29, 2013
Christopher Columbus, A Hero
Christopher Columbus, the man who discovered this great land that we live on, was a man of great adventures as well as many trials. He traveled the seas looking for hope to which he could find land unfound and claim it as his own. His assertiveness made him a very noble man and the year 1492 marked the greatest of his accomplishment that made him the man he is well-known for today. His dream came true that year and marked the day America was born. I believe his eagerness to find a new land was very worthwhile for him and humanity, as well as the skillsets needed to find it and shape it into somewhere worth living. To begin with, Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa in 1451. As a kid he spent a lot of time helping his dad at the loom because most of his family weaved wool for a living. When he grew older he left the family tradition and went to sea in search for greatness. He became a sailor and moved to Portugal because he had a new journey in mind. His only downfall was that he needed money to fund the journey so he asked many kings and queens of Europe if they could help. Eventually King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the king and queen of Spain, agreed to fund his journey. Little did they know that this journey would mark one of the greatest findings in history. Columbus’s journey proved worthy of him to be called a hero because he pushed through any obstacle that was in his way. His mission in the 15th and 16th centuries was to find sea routes to the East. Columbus wanted to find a new route to the Far East, China and the Spice Islands. If reached he’d be able to bring back rich cargoes of silks and spices. Columbus unlike most voyageurs knew the world was round and came to the conclusion that if he sailed west then he would go around the world and reach the far east and get the precious cargoes he’s been longing for. Columbus’s hypothesis was if he sailed west he would get to...
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