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The Dark Truth Of Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus was an Italian sailor and explorer who travelled across the Atlantic Ocean in 1942, in search of a quick route to India Spice trading, which was at the time the largest industry in the world. Columbus made a total of 4 trips between 1492 - 1504 Columbus throughout time has been revered to as a hero, and the reason that many of us are even settled on this land, but there are many dark truths that will be touched upon throughout this report.
Columbus starts his journey in August 1492, when he sets sail from Spain under the sponsorship of King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain. His original plan was to simply find a new route to India, so he could further prosper from the booming spice trading industry. Columbus left Spain with three ships, The Pinta (Captained by Martin Alonzo Pinzon), the Nina (Vicente Yáñez Pinzon), and the Santa Maria (Columbus). The crew of around 90 left Palos, Spain on August 3rd, 1492, and reached shore on October 11th, 1492. Columbus had arrived on what he believed to be India, so he called the natives that were there “Indians”. Columbus and his crew actually landed on an Island called Guanahani, and once him and his crew took the land, they took the woman and made them slaves as they hunted for gold. By the end of the first set of trips, Columbus had wrecked two ships, one of which was headed back to land to try and beat Columbus. As time went on Columbus made 3 more trips which focused on obtaining gold, and Columbus settling new land and bringing Indian slaves back to Spain.

As far as it seems, Columbus was a very noble mariner, and was simply in search of a new route to India. The truth however is far from that, being he stole gold from colonies, raped, murdered and abused natives, enslaving them and bringing them back to Europe, and also brought disease to North America and back to Europe. There is proof that Columbus oversaw the rape, murder and enslavement of hundreds of Natives, and is said to have even been an account to these crimes. There was an article written by John Margolis titled “Goodbye Columbus”. This article stated all of the crimes he oversaw when accompanying the crew on their expeditions. There is speculation as to whether Columbus was as brilliant as time and history would lead us to believe. It’s been stated that Columbus was simply an eccentric man, who believed the world was actually 25% smaller than it was. Delusional, Columbus thought that by killing and enslaving the Natives, he was bringing them back to a better life in Europe, away from their natural Habitat.
Besides sailing, and the murdering and enslavement of thousands of innocent people, at one point in his life Columbus was a governor and a viceroy, one that was said to be accused of tyrannically. After Columbus was too old to sail, a new mariner was appointed to sail, and ended up doing a better job, and becoming an enemy of the Columbus family.

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