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Christopher Columbus

The tone of Christopher Columbus's letters is triumphant and positive when he's describing his discoveries. In his first letter, he even opens by saying that the recipient will take pleasure in...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020 5:04 pm UTC

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Christopher Columbus

Columbus spent five months exploring islands in the Caribbean before returning to Spain. Because of the lengthy time he spent exploring the area, he was able to paint quite a picture of the...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2019 11:36 am UTC

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Christopher Columbus

It is challenging to make judgments on historical figures. Conditions and contexts compel people to act in a particular way that makes them look different as time passes. Columbus has to be...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2014 3:18 pm UTC

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Christopher Columbus

Columbus discovered the Americas first. He sailed for Spain since the Spanish were willing to fund his journey. He, therefore, returned to Spain once he had discovered the New World. He was a...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 12:51 am UTC

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Christopher Columbus

One example is the growing importance of native people among historians. For generations, Columbus was considered the discoverer of America, yet he never touched the mainland; rather, he made it to...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2019 3:07 pm UTC

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Christopher Columbus

Columbus' original journals were delivered under seal to Ferdinand and Isabella upon his return to Spain. He did not write a "summary letter" as the above answer suggests, nor did he keep two...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2012 3:54 am UTC

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I agree with many of the above posters that both words are too extreme for what the very human man really was. This question seems to be more about the mythology and legend that surrounds Columbus....

Latest answer posted June 1, 2012 9:33 am UTC

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Christopher Columbus

Columbus fist made landfall in the New World on a small island in the chain known today as the Bahamas. Christening the island San Salvador, he then made his way to Hispaniola (modern Dominican...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 2:17 am UTC

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Christopher Columbus

It is amazing how the various waves of political correctness that currently exist in the United States can trash the reputations of people even after centuries have passed. Though it is hard to...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2012 11:14 pm UTC

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Christopher Columbus

Columbus was immediately stricken with the beauty of the Indies, and he said as much in his famous letter describing the islands to King Ferdinand: All are most beautiful, of a thousand shapes;...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2013 10:45 pm UTC

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Christopher Columbus

More or less, yes, although I doubt he stated "This is India". There was actually a fairly standard protocol that the conquistadors followed whenever they made contact with a New World...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016 11:10 pm UTC

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Christopher Columbus

It takes the trained objective historian to make the determination of whether or not a long series of events that led to rich gains for the dominator while leading to extreme loss for the dominated...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2012 3:55 pm UTC

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Most modern historians no longer hold to the image of Columbus as a hero who overcame great odds to “discover” the New World. Instead, they paint a much more nuanced view of the man. They point...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2012 10:49 pm UTC

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