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Christopher Columbus Essay

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In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. But should America really celebrate Christopher Columbus? Was he really responsible for finding America or was he just simply lucky? The real question is, should the American people praise a man who had killed many innocent people? Though Columbus Day is celebrated no one really knows for what reasons. Most Americans just enjoy their day off. Would they celebrate Columbus Day if they really knew the facts?
Christopher Columbus was an explorer funded by the Spanish king and Queen to find other lands, gold, goods, and other beings. As he was sent on his journey he stumbled upon a country in what is know today as America. At this time there on this mysterious land lived the ...view middle of the document...

. Every slave who had in fact found him gold and goods would get a gold coin around their necks, if anyone whom in which did not have a gold coin hanging would be killed because they did not service him. Columbus called this land his and not only did he make the natives of the land his slaves but he also raped the women and he also brought the natives back to his land to sell them as slaves.
Now what are Americans really celebrating him for? Most people are naïve to Columbus but they really don’t care or question it they just simply get a day off of work or school. It is a representation of an interpretation that passes for an explanation.
Columbus day is celebrated for giving the American people an opportunity to come and live on this land, for Columbus informed England of the “Golden Land” and there they sent their people to America and others started to migrate there because they thought that gold was falling from the sky and then the American people were born. Granted if he did not fall onto America maybe things would be different but all in all he was a selfish man, a man who only cared about his country and his alliances not for the natives in which he stole the land from. He only cared for what was in the best interest for himself.
So in conclusion, the American people have a very vague ideology of the icon Christopher Columbus. He was a man with a mission for one thing but got lucky in another. He took the lives of many innocent native Americans, whether he killed them off, or raped them, or made them slaves, he took this country for which it was not his and was not his right to do so and so he is celebrated for his findings and is carelessness.

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