According to A People's History of the United States, what was Columbus's impact on the Americas?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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According to Zinn in Chapter 1, Columbus's impact on the Americas was that he brought genocide upon them.

Zinn says that Columbus himself was responsible for inflicting great horrors on the Indians.  He was greedy for gold and then, when he could not find that, for any other way to make a profit off of the Indians and their lands.  Because of this, he treated them in horrific ways.  Although Columbus himself did not engage in genocide, the policies he set in place (Zinn calls these policies of slavery and mass murder) did end up causing the genocide of the Native Americans.


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Also i was wondering 

Do you agree with Zinn’s assessment of
this impact? Is sacrifice essential to progress? Explain.

Thank you!