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Christopher Columbus And The Caribbean Region

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“Tell me, what do you see?” asked Columbus, shooting a glance out of a window. Sánchez pausing to look then answered, “I see rooftops, I see palaces, I see towers, I see spires that reach... to the sky! I see civilisation!” Many people largely believe that Christopher Columbus was the first to discover the Americas in 1492. However, from a Eurocentric point of view, a white race of Europeans known as the Vikings or the Norsemen which means ‘people of the north’ discovered the Americas in 1000 AD long before Columbus in 1492. Furthermore, considering world civilisation defined as a global linkage of countries through knowledge, trade, discovery, interaction and culture. An analysis of the Vikings versus Christopher Columbus discovering the Americas reveals that the Caribbean region was formerly part of world civilisation before 1492.
To begin with, the last Moorish province in Spain, Granada dramatically yielded to the conquering forces of Ferdinand and Isabella on January 2nd, 1492. This marked the end of 800 years of Moorish enlightenment and the beginning of the Columbian era. Nine months later on October 12th, 1492, Christopher Columbus Italian ‘Admiral of the ocean seas’ had some ineffectual occasions persuading King John II of Portugal to finance his plan of sailing west to reach the riches of the east, and to Christianized the unbelieving inhabitants in those strange lands, but had failed in his many attempts. In fact, the Portuguese Bishop of Ceuta argued that there could be no inhabitants on the other side of the world because the Bible said so. But back in Spain, Columbus cleverly presented his argument to Ferdinand and Isabella and was successful in his attempt. Hence they authorized his plan. So in early August 1492, Columbus and his crew members boarded Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria in search of a new route to Asia. He failed in his original mission but achieved something greater when he brought the Western Civilisation to the New World. Blind luck led Christopher Columbus and his motley crew staggering up the beach on Guanahani, a tiny island in the Bahamas, blissfully ignorant of their whereabouts, they were greeted by a group of curious “Arawakian Lucayos” who were blissfully unaware they would be the last of their kind and the first among millions of victims of Spanish colonial conquest and imperial expansion. Had they been the benighted savages they were later portrayed to be by Columbus and the host of conquistadors that followed his ship’s wake across the Atlantic, they would have fallen on the foreigners and slain them to a man, thus preventing or at least delaying a horrific fate. Instead they probably watched in bemused silence as Columbus and his crew unfurled the flag of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon and loudly proclaimed the lands and its inhabitants to be the possessions of Spain. The natives were trusting and kind which had Columbus thinking how they could be easily enslaved for the benefit of...

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