European Exploration of America

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Was Christopher Columbus an Imperialist?

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Christopher Columbus was interested in making money. He also wanted his country to gain the glory that would come from finding India and making money for Spain. In his world, it was commonly accepted that native peoples were lesser beings. He was just behaving the way his culture expected. It doesn't make it right, of course.
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I think it's safe to call Columbus an imperialist, he followed the pattern that had been established in the Canary Islands by enslaving the inhabitants of Hispaniola and elsewhere, and even set up a administrative system for governing them. Perhaps calling him a "proto-imperialist" would be more exact, but he certainly set the pattern of conquest, subjugation, and exploitation that characterized early Spanish-Indian interactions.

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Yeah, I would say that he was.  The reason for this is that he very much wanted to take more territory for Spain.  He was willing to subjugate the people that lived on the islands he discovered.  The willingness to take territory and to subjugate people is the hallmark of an imperialist.  

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