Christopher Columbus, “founder” of the New World, was a villain. He was indirectly responsible for the killing of thousands of Native Americans, he was a liar, and as captain, was responsible for the men in his crew.
A Nautical Captain is defined as “The captain (alt. master or shipmaster) of a merchant vessel is a licensed mariner in ultimate command of the vessel. The captain is responsible for its safe and efficient operation, including cargo operations, navigation, crew management and ensuring that the vessel complies with local and international laws, as well as company and flag state policies. All persons on board, including officers and crew, other shipboard staff members, passengers, guests and pilots, are under captain’s authority and ultimate responsibility.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_(nautical) Through this definition, we can see that through the acts of Columbus’ men, Columbus was directly responsible for any crime, petty theft, or capital offence that a member of his crew committed, Columbus also committed. “As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts. ” Seeing as a single person could not single-handedly take people, he must have ordered his crew to do so, which shows that his crew listened to him and did not disobey his orders no matter what it was. “A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten (years old) are now in demand.”How did Columbus know this? Possibly, like other captains of the time, he gathered information from the experiences of his crew, in which case, shows that hsi crew were pedophiles, and looking at the technical definition of what a Captain was, we see that Columbus is responsible for this, and the blood is on his hands.
In a letter sent to Queen Isabella, Columbus has been seen quoting:”Hispaniola is a miracle. Mountains and hills, plains and pastures, are both fertile and beautiful … the harbors are unbelievably good and there are many wide rivers of which the majority contain gold. . . . There are many spices, and great mines of gold and other metals….” The island that he was speaking of is modern day Cuba, a country that, just like The New World, did not have an abundance of gold laying about in the sun, it was sparce, and at the time, Columbus did not find gold. Columbus was very much like the explorer John Smith who used vivid exaggerations in order to obtain more money, Smith was also seen writing about “iguanas as large as crocodiles.” Large quantities of gold similiar to the ones that Christopher Columbus and john Smith were describing was not found in the United States until the Gold Rush; hundred’s of years after Columbus “founded” the New World. Another point is that Christopher lied to obtain more money and what many people do not know is that Queen Isabella has thought to have pawned her jewels in order to pay for this, she also seized and sold land from many of her citizens, not only did Columbus destroy the people in the new country, but he destroyed the lives of the people in his own. It has also been seen that near Hispaniola, after two indians refused to give up their arrows and little ornaments they had, they were “run through with swords and bled to death.” A very tolerant captain and complying crew indeed.
After Christopher Columbus landed in what he thought was India, he found people there, people who have been recorded through history as to having lived there for hundreds of years earlier. When the Vikings came, (we know this through the carbon-dating of Norse and Viking artifacts found in the north), they wrote down records and in these records was first hand accounts of finding the Indians residing there. Seeing as the Vikings came before Columbus, Columbus lied in stating that he found a new country with no people in it. After this he blatantly told the Queen that the people would be easy to convert, and also came up with the first idea of slavery that was unlike the Greek and Roman slaves.”They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… . They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” This passage found from another letter to the Queen directly shows that he intended to imprison them and force a religion into their belief system. When the Europeans came over, they enslaved the people, and after a few hundred years, we have their tales of being infested with smallpox through the gifts of blankets, their lifestyle dying through the persecution of the buffalo, and the suffering they did while doing the fatal Trail of Tears.
In Conclusion, Christopher Columbus was a killer, a murderer, a liar, a thief, and not only would take from others who were thought of as savages and worthy slaves, but from his own crew and country. It has even been speculated that Columbus lied about seeing land first so as to take the money that the King and Queen promised to the first man to sight it. Christiopher Columbus was a tyrant who had no care for others, only for wealth, gold, and riches. We pretend he is a great man when we are taught in kindergarten that he sailed the ocen blue in 1492, but, if we open our eyes, we can see the truly horrible deeds that he has done.