Jiawen Wang

“Columbus Controversy”

“Columbus Controversy.” History.com. A+E Networks, 2009. Accessed 29 September 2016.

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Excerpt: “On his famous first voyage in 1492, Columbus landed on an unknown Caribbean island after an arduous three-month journey. On his first day in the New World, he ordered six of the natives to be seized, writing in his journal that he believed they would be good servants.”

Note: This article found on a website particularly talks about three major controversies over Columbus’s great and often celebrated mission to the native land. Columbus, a well known hero, is however regarded as a brutalist and criminal in this article. Specifically, the excerpt from the above reveals Columbus’s desire to enslave the natives, which began as soon as he arrived and that in his mind, Columbus never wanted to treat “Indians” as friends but inferior “properties”.

Use: This source is particular useful when focusing on the many flaws crimes, and greeds of Christopher Columbus. In other word, if I were write a paper to mainly focus on why Columbus is a villain, I could have use evidences from this article to prove my point that Columbus really is a villain.

“Columbus Day?”

Kasum, Eric. “Columbus Day? True Legacy: Cruelty and Slavery.” The Blog. The Huffington Post, 2010. Accessed 3 October 2016

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Excerpt: “On his second trip to the New World, Columbus brought cannons and attack dogs. If a native resisted slavery, he would cut off a nose or an ear. If slaves tried to escape, Columbus had them burned alive.”

Note: This article found in web source questions whether should we celebrate Columbus Day, given that Christopher Columbus committed a list of inhumane crimes to the Indians and contributed nothing, but the born of slavery. The article also suggests that we should get rid of this holiday and replace it with something else.

Use: Instead of only talking about Columbus’s crimes and violences from a very obscure range, this article lists specific acts of crimes committed by Columbus and the followed colonists to the native people. Such crimes include Columbus’s intention to bring warfares (attack dogs, etc), and Columbus’s violent way of executing the non-obedient Indians. If you really want to show that Columbus is truly a villain, you will need to incorporate additional details about his flaws. And this source helps to complement the first one.


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